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Brown, Tatum lead Celtics to win over Bulls 119-103

CHICAGO (AP) – Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, Jayson Tatum had 24 after five games missed by COVID-19 protocols and the Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls 119-103 on Monday night.

Brown had another solid performance after 33 points against Cleveland on Sunday.

Tatum made three triples and dished out five assists in more than 31 minutes of play in his first game since Jan. 8.

Daniel Theis finished with 19 points and Marcus Smart had 13 and matched his assist record with 11 in Boston’s second straight win.

Zach LaVine took the reins for Chicago with 30 points and was 6-of-10 from the 3-point range. Lauri Markkanen totaled 18 points and Thaddeus Young touched a triple-double with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, but the Bulls conceded their second loss in a row after a three-game winning streak.

Smart had 13 and Brown and Tatum had 11 apiece to give the Celtics a 60-50 lead at halftime. A dunk and layup by Theis in the final 30 seconds of the second quarter sent Boston to the locker room 10 points up and started an 18-2 run.

The Celtics had the first 11 goals of the third quarter, seven of them from Brown. Tatum responded to a Young hook with a triple to make it 74-52 on the scoreboard, and Boston held off several Chicago attacks for the win.