Chicago Bulls begin post-All-Star break action with blowout loss to Boston Celtics

It looked the Chicago Bulls had a puncher’s chance of taking down the best team in the NBA on Thursday night at the United Center as the Bulls more than held their own against the Boston Celtics. Then, despite carrying a lead into the game’s third quarter, the Celtics clamped down on defense and took the 129-112 win.

No shame in losing a game that was more competitive than the final score might otherwise suggest for most of the contest, though. Solid games were had by the Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic (22 points, 14 rebounds), Coby White (20 points, 4 assists), and DeMar DeRozan (19 points, 5 assists), with all five starters and Andre Drummond scoring in double figures for the loss.

Going just 10-of-28 from beyond the arc did not help Chicago against Boston, either, with 3-point shooting accuracy and volume continuing to plague this Bulls squad.

NBC Sports Chicago’s Jason Goff and Kendall Gill broke down the good and the bad of the loss on the most recent episode of “Bulls Postgame Live.” Check it out above!

Story originally appeared on Lonzo Wire