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The Celtics returned from a awful road trip with a resounding rout.

The Bulls, 103-98 losers to the Dallas Mavericks at home Monday night, are 4-10 on the season as they've had to go without the injured Lauri Markkinen and Kris Dunn.

In games where Ryan Arcidiacono plays 30+ minutes, the team is 2-3, but the average loss is only by five points. "We've got a big week coming up with back-to-back games against two teams (the Raptors and the Utah Jazz on Saturday) we lost to previously".

Even without Marcus Morris (illness), the Celtics had plenty to easily take care of the Bulls to improve to 8-6.

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The Celtics capitalized on 22 turnovers by the Bulls, who dropped their second straight and third in four games.

"It's a real issue", Boston coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the game at Salt Lake City. "A huge thing in this league is, find a way to fight through adversity and play through tough times, and we obviously did not do that well tonight".

The Celtics led by as many as 33 points in the fourth quarter.

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Shaquille Harrison led Chicago with 16 points. Zach LaVine finished with 10 points and nine assists, and Wendell Carter Jr. had 11 points and seven rebounds.

"We haven't focused on, "Let's do this for the homestand", he said.

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The Celtics pushed out for good with a 32-11 second quarter and, faced with a young, hurried opponent, easily protected their lead the rest of the way.

The Chicago Bulls have until Friday to prepare and put this game behind them.

Rozier's free throw after a technical foul on LaVine broke a 28-all tie and started Boston on a 12-0 run. It is also imperative they wrestle control of the glass at both ends of the floor, but especially so on the defensive side as they can ignite their offense with an unending number of outlet passes to streaking teammates along the sidelines who will quickly push the ball up the floor to deny the defense opportunities to set up and shut down driving lanes to the hoop. In a five-game stretch, the Celtics won a single game, and that only came after a monumental comeback and an overtime period in Phoenix. "I'm trying to do whatever I can to help us". "Still same timeline - a couple weeks away", Hoiberg explained.

Boston went 1-4 on its recent trip and has shown an inability to compete for a full game.

The win over the Bulls will either be the first step in the right direction or a case of a sub-.500 shorthanded team being picked on by the Celtics. I feel like we've been humbled a little bit.

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