Started on November 4 with a victory at home against Chicago (123-119), the Celtics’ winning streak therefore ended at nine on Monday against the same Bulls (121-109), this time at the United Center. We will have to wait a bit before seeing a team line up a series of double-digit successes since Milwaukee also stopped at nineNovember 7 in Atlanta (117-98).
Boston, which was playing for the third time in a row on the road (before playing six straight home games from Wednesday), was content to shoot at three points (50 attempts, 3rd highest total of the season). A sterile tactic since Chicago, yet one of the most disappointing teams at the start of the season, raced in the lead. The Bulls were more than 20 points ahead early in the third quarter (74-53, 28th) after an award-winning basket from Zach LaVine.
This result narrows the situation a little at the head of the eastern conference – even if it is not yet this basket of crabs that is the West, where the front nine stand in one loss. Boston is only half a length (one more win / same number of losses) ahead of Milwaukee, winner of Portland (without Damian Lillard, thigh injury) at home (119-111) with the opener of Giannis Antetokounmpo to more than 30 points (37) for almost three weeks.
Third place is occupied by Cleveland, a fine winner at home to Atlanta (114-102), another team in form. Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland (55 points and 18 assists between them) won the rear duel between them and Trae Young and Dejounte Murray (36 points and 16 assists combined).
In fourth position, two and a half lengths from Boston, Tyrese Haliburton’s astonishing Indiana formation (18 points, 14 assists) won their fifth victory in a row (123-102), on their floor and without difficulty against Orlando , which had to do without the duo Banchero-Carter Jr. It is now the longest running streak in the East (Sacramento is six in the West).