With their playoff hopes fading and fans at the United Center for the first time this season, the Bulls had their way with the Celtics. They led by 21 in the third quarter and put this one away after Boston got within eight in the fourth, scoring 12 straight.
Chicago pulled within three games of Washington and 3 1/2 of Indiana for the final spots in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament with five to play. The Wizards and Pacers were off Friday.
“We’re playing really well,” LaVine said. “We’re really competing. We know our back’s against the wall right now so, obviously, I wish we played like that from the get-go. We’d be looking at a totally different scenario. But it’s the position we put ourselves in.”