Celtics bow (finally), Warriors seesaw, Bucks push

The Bulls ended the Celtics’ winning streak, the Warriors lost again.

The Chicago Bulls, helped by 28 points from DeMar DeRozan, ended the Boston Celtics’ nine-game winning streak in NBA by winning at home (121-107) on Monday, while the Warriors diminished heavily lost in their tenth defeat this season.

Zach LaVine, frustrated at being out in the final minutes of the Bulls’ loss to Orlando (108-107) on Friday, scored 22 points.

Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago, which also beat the Celtics at home in October but lost to Boston on Nov. 4 in the game that kicked off the Celtics’ winning streak.

With 13 wins against four losses, Boston still has the best record in the NBA.

Jayson Tatum scored 28 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out seven assists. The other Celtics star, Jaylen Brown added 25 points and seven rebounds.

Without their stars, the Golden State Warriors, defending champions in small form, suffered another humiliation in New Orleans (128-83), only 24 hours after claiming their first away victory of the season in Houston .

Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins were all absent. Thompson was coming out of a 41-point performance in Houston but he was logically preserved.

Zion back

Away from the pitch for two seasons, the 32-year-old full-back did not play the second game of a “back to backsince returning in January from surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Curry, who scored 33 points in Houston, was out with right elbow pain and Green with a lower back injury.

Kevon Looney was therefore the only real regular starter for the Warriors, and the Pelicans, led by 35 points from Brandon Ingram, took full advantage of the weakness of Golden State, only 11th in the Eastern Conference.

CJ McCollum added 15 points and Jonas Valanciunas 10 for the Pelicans, who rejoiced in the return of star Zion Williamson after a three-game absence with a foot contusion.

We didn’t have a lot of minutes with the starting squad so it was important for us to try to come back and try to get our team together for the next matches,declared Ingram, happy to see his group mobilized despite the surprise absence of the Warriors’ best players.

Bucks beat Blazers

In Milwaukee, two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points to lead the Bucks to a 119-111 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, who were without star Damian Lillard with a calf sprain.

In the East, Milwaukee is just behind Boston with 12 wins and four losses.

In Cleveland, Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points and Darius Garland added 26 in the Cavaliers’ victory over the Atlanta Hawks (114-102).

Cedi Osman added 24 points and the Cavs made 10 three-pointers, giving them revenge for their loss to the Hawks in the playoffs last season.

Trae Young carried the Hawks with 25 points, but he only scored four points in the fourth quarter as the hosts, who led by just three points, pulled away for the win.

In the West, the Clippers signed a good performance on their floor by overcoming the leader of the conference, the Utah Jazz (121-114), despite the absence of Paul George and a discreet Kawhi Leonard (8 points in 23 minutes).

Clearly regaining form after a sluggish start to the season, the Los Angeles franchise was able to rely on a very effective Normam Powell, author of 30 points.

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