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BSJ Game Report: Celtics 133, Bulls 77 – Biggest win in franchise history

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Everything you need to know about the Celtics’ beating the Bulls 133-77 in BSJ Quickie Form

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Celtics destroy franchise records in dominant win: Al Horford (sore knee) and Aron Baynes (sprained ankle) weren’t in uniform but it didn’t matter on Saturday night as the Celtics led wire-to-wire and put together the biggest margin of victory in franchise history. Seven different players scored in double figures in the win, led by Jaylen Brown (23 points) as the C’s opened up a 17-point lead in the first six minutes of the game and never looked back. The 56-point margin also tied an NBA record for the biggest road victory in league history. The offense continues to thrive (115+ points for fifth straight game) but the defense was just as impressive in the Windy City as the Bulls mustered just 38 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from downtown. It was the fifth straight win overall for the C’s, who have now won each of those games by an average of 28.6 points.

Daniel Theis takes advantage of an opportunity with a career night: Horford was a late scratch with a sore left knee, opening the door for the German center to make his first start of the season. He answered with the best all-around performance of his career in green, posting career-highs in minutes (32) points (22), assists (5) and blocks (4) while adding 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the year. His plus/minus of +50 was the fourth-highest recorded total in league history.

Guerschon Yabusele suffers ugly ankle sprain: The second-year big man got some extended run in the first half with Boston’s frontcourt depth depleted and put together one of the more encouraging stints of his Celtics career. The night ended on a sour note in the second half though when Yabusele landed on a teammate’s foot after going up for a loose ball, resulting in a sprained ankle. He had to be helped to the locker room by teammates and Brad Stevens said after the game that he’s expected to miss extended time.

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