The Boston Celtics 133-77 win over the Chicago Bulls set franchise records for both teams. The 56-point win was the largest margin of victory in Celtics history, as well as the heaviest loss in Bulls franchise history.
Jim Boylen, in his third game as Bulls coach, pulled his starting five of Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Justin Holiday, and Ryan Arcidiacono on two separate occasions. First with 7:15 left in the opening quarter, then again with 9:02 in the third quarter.
“I think your play is embarrassing,’’ Boylen said after the game. “Me subbing them is saving them. Maybe we saved them. The pro-player thing, this is basketball. This is about honoring the game and doing the right things. I worked for Gregg Popovich, he subbed five guys a ton of times. No one says a word to him about it.