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Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls: Lineups, preview & prediction 12/11/17

Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls: Lineups, preview & prediction 12/11/17

Al Horford (18/9/6) and Kyrie Irving (16/3/3) led the way for the Celtics, who improved their Eastern-best record. The Celtics held Detroit to a season low in points and forced it to miss two-thirds of its shots.

After a weekend in which Chicago managed to snap a 10-game losing streak and hold on for a pair of closely contested wins, the heavy lifting continues on Monday when the Bulls host the Boston Celtics at the United Center. Tatum made a three-pointer late to help hold off a potential comeback by the Pistons, putting Boston ahead by eight points with 1:55 left.

The Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics avenged a November loss to Detroit on Sunday, December 10, handing the slumping Pistons a 6th straight National Basketball Association defeat 91-81. Then, Indiana got the first nine points in overtime to secure its fourth straight victory, outscoring the Nuggets 12-2 in the extra period. The C's and Pistons combined to score only 31 points in the second stanza, with Boston taking a 44-37 lead into the break.

Boston Celtics forward Al Horford shoots on Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris in the first half at Little Caesars Arena. Jaylen Brown (12 points), Marcus Smart (12 points) and Jayson Tatum (11 points) also scored in double figures for Boston.

The Pistons have lost six games in a row for the first time since late in the 2014-15 season.

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Toronto 102, at Sacramento 87: DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and the Raptors won their sixth game in a row. Kyle Lowry added 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists on an off-night shooting.

Last time they played Andre Drummond was unstoppable on the boards, grabbing a whopping 22 for the game, but that's not all he did! Jrue Holiday had 34 points, Anthony Davis added 29, and DeMarcus Cousins had 23 as the host Pelicans defeated the 76ers 131-124.

The 12th double-double of Australian Simmons's season was highlighted by a handful of explosive, driving dunks, including a reverse jam along the baseline that had his team within a point with 7mins 26secs remaining. Zach Randolph (19/11/1) had his third-straight double-double for the Kings and went 9-of-11 shooting. Minnesota committed 18 turnovers but hit four free throws at the end to pull away in a game in which no team led by more than six points.

Minnesota gutted out a close win due to the strong play of Karl-Anthony Towns (28/12/4) and Jimmy Butler (22/7/5), who went 10-for-15 and 9-for-17 from the field respectively.