Bulls trample Celtics as Irving sits with thigh injury Bulls trample Celtics as Irving sits with thigh injury
The Celtics miss Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris due to injuries @afp Published 12:33 PM, December 12, 2017 Updated 12:33 PM, December 12, 2017... Bulls trample Celtics as Irving sits with thigh injury

Bulls trample Celtics as Irving sits with thigh injury

The Celtics miss Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris due to injuries

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Published 12:33 PM, December 12, 2017

Updated 12:33 PM, December 12, 2017

SHORT-STAFFED. Chicago and Boston switch roles as the lowly Bulls topple the Celtics. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

CHICAGO, USA – The Chicago Bulls took full advantage of Kyrie Irving’s absence to romp to a 108-85 blowout against the Boston Celtics on Monday, December 11 (Tuesday Manila time).

Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points while Bobby Portis added 23 as the Bulls (6-20) stunned the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics.

Boston’s preparations had been jolted after star point guard Irving was ruled out with a thigh injury just before the game in Chicago.

With forward Marcus Morris also missing with a sore left knee, the Celtics were forced to field an under-strength team just 24 hours after facing Detroit on Sunday.

The Bulls exploited Boston’s makeshift line-up to full effect, with Mirotic producing a dominant display which also included 8 rebounds.

David Nwaba had 13 points while Kris Dunn had 12 points for Chicago.

Al Horford led the Boston scoring with 15 points, one of 5 Celtics players in double figures.

Boston fell to 23-6 with the defeat but remain secure on top of the Eastern Conference table with Toronto (17-7) their nearest rivals.

Boston had led 29-28 after the first quarter but Chicago romped clear in the second, surging into a 56-42 lead at the half.

Chicago managed to keep Boston at arm’s length through the third quarter, maintaining a 15-point cushion at 78-63 heading into the fourth.

Chicago kept up the pressure in the final quarter, outscoring Boston by eight points to close out a deserved win.

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