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Vucevic scores 29, Bulls snap Celtics' 6-game streak, 102-96

Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and nine rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls held off the Boston Celtics 102-96 on Monday night.

Coby White added 19 points and seven assists to help the Bulls snap Boston’s season-high six-game winning streak. Chicago has won its last two since a five-game skid.

Boston led by 12 in second quarter but struggled to execute down the stretch and finished with 17 turnovers.

Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic (9) reaches for a rebound against Boston Celtics center Tristan Thompson (13) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Boston. (AP PhotoCharles Krupa)

Jaylen Brown had 23 points. Jayson Tatum posted the first triple-double of his career with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Celtics played without Kemba Walker (non-COVID-19-related illness), Evan Fournier (health and safety protocols) and Robert Williams (sore left knee).

The Bulls missed their first five shots of the game and fell into an early hole.

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) takes a shot against Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams (44) and forward Garrett Temple (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Boston. (AP PhotoCharles Krupa)

They got back in the game in the third quarter, closing the period a 24-10 run and taking a 74-66 lead to the fourth.

Boston didn’t go away, and Brown tied the game at 90 with a 3-pointer with 3:25 remaining.

But Chicago then pushed back in front 96-90, taking advantage of a pair of Celtics’ empty possessions.

Chicago Bulls center Daniel Theis, right, tries to block Boston Celtics center Tristan Thompson, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Boston. (AP PhotoCharles Krupa)

Tremont Waters got Boston within 96-94 on a layup with 16.5 seconds left.

The Celtics fouled and White pushed the lead back up to 98-94 with a pair of free throws.

Two free throws by Tatum but it to 98-96. But after White was fouled again, he calmly sank two more free throws.

Chicago Bulls guard Coby White, center, passes the ball to Nikola Vucevic (9) while pressured by Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, right, and center Tristan Thompson, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Boston. (AP PhotoCharles Krupa)

Boston shot 20-of-39 from the field in the opening 24 minutes and led 48-42 lead at halftime.

Vucevic scored 17 in the first half to keep the Bulls within striking distance.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Daniel Theis, who was dealt by Boston at the trade deadline, finished with six points, six rebounds and four assists in his first matchup against his former team. … Chicago scored 16 points of Boston turnovers.

Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams, left, battles for a rebound against Boston Celtics center Tristan Thompson, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Boston. (AP PhotoCharles Krupa)

Celtics: Celtics hit their first four shots, taking a 9-0 lead. … Brown scored 13 of Boston’s first 21 points. ... Stevens said WIlliams, who also sat out Saturday, could be available for their matchup with Phoenix on Thursday. Fournier is expected to have a final test before being removed from health and safety protocols list sometime this week.

UP NEXT

Bulls: At Cleveland Wednesday.

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, center, drives to the basket against the Chicago Bulls defense during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Boston. (AP PhotoCharles Krupa)

Celtics: Host Suns Thursday.

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Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic, right, drives to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Boston. (AP PhotoCharles Krupa)

Chicago Bulls forward Troy Brown Jr., left, grabs a rebound over Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Boston. (AP PhotoCharles Krupa)

Chicago Bulls center Daniel Theis, left, tries to tip in a rebound against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Boston. (AP PhotoCharles Krupa)