Five stats from Bulls' historic loss at home

Jim Boylen Lauri Mark0kanen Zach LaVine Bulls

Jim Boylen Lauri Mark0kanen Zach LaVine Bulls

Jaylen Brown came off the bench to score 23 points as the Boston Celtics recorded the biggest margin of victory in franchise history with a 133-77 demolition of the Chicago Bulls in National Basketball Association action on Saturday, December 8 (Sunday, December 9, Manila time). Boston outscored a exhausted Chicago reserve unit 40-17 in the final quarter, handing the Bulls (6-21) their franchise record for futility late, when the game took on a rec league-like feel in the final minutes with the Celtics getting runout after runout for easy baskets and open looks.

"I think your play is embarrassing, " Boylen said after the game. "I'm not discouraged, but I'm disappointed".

"We gotta care more about our effort on a nightly basis, we gotta care more about playing for each other and tonight I thought we didn't do that".

The Celtics entered Saturday night's contest against the Chicago Bulls extremely thin in the big man department without the services of Al Horford (knee), Aron Baynes (ankle) and Robert Williams III (personal reasons). The Celtics were able to make their mark all over the court, shooting 51.2 percent outside the arc and 56 percent inside the arc, all while dishing out a season-high 34 assists.

"To me the buy-in is a daily commitment", Boylen told the Tribune.

"One of the things we've been good with is when other guys have to step up the last couple of years, they always do", said Stevens. I worked for Gregg Popovich, he subbed five guys a ton of times.

"We didn't honor the game very well with our effort and our competitiveness, so why not take them all out?" I don't like the five guys out there, I don't like that combination, I'm going to look at a new combination, take them all out and let them sit there and think about it.

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There's just too much money out there that he'd be leaving on the table. "But, if he leaves, we wish him nothing but the best". And we said, 'If this is of interest to you, please come back to us and we'll see whether we can finish it up'.

"No, you don't", LaVine said. "We've got to do what he says".

Boston led 35-17 after the first quarter, 64-43 at halftime and 93-60 after the third quarter.

The Bulls shot a rough 31-of-81 from the field, and didn't lead once in the game.

Jayson Tatum had 18 points and Terry Rozier added 15 for the Celtics, who have outscored opponents an average of 126.2 to 97.6 during their five-game streak. "You kind of saw a turning point there when we went to Atlanta (right after Thanksgiving), and I just thought we looked different with our pace, our tempo". "Is it want to, is it effort, what is it? I don't know what it is, but I just wasn't going to stand for it".

"I felt embarrassed", LaVine said. I know we're competing out there, but it sucks.

LaVine agreed that there's a fine line between a coach sending a message by pulling and benching his starters and embarrassing them. "I felt embarrassed. I wish I was out there to compete". "We've got a long way to go".

But when asked how the starters don't construe getting pulled out as Boylen embarrassing them, Boylen said the team's play was embarrassing. "So, I think we're back at where we need to be". Maybe we saved them. "I thought our guys stayed consistent through all 48 (minutes)".

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