The Bulls sit 8-11 and 12th in the Eastern Conference after two impressive wins against the top two teams in the East, the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks.

On Monday, the Bulls defeated the Celtics 121-107 at the United Center, ending the team’s four-game losing streak and halting the Celtics’ nine-game winning streak.

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Patrick Williams is finally stringing together solid performances, and he was explosive against the Celtics. Williams had his best night of the 2022-23 season, as he was aggressive on offense. Williams shot 3-4 from beyond the arc, tying his most 3-pointers in a game this season. Patrick was able to create his own shots and was the third-highest Bull scorer with a season-high 17 points.

Williams has four straight double-digit points performances, the streak beginning against the Orlando Magic Nov. 18. 

The Bulls handled the Celtics easily, behind Zach Lavine‘s 22 points and DeMar DeRozan‘s 28 points. Lavine was hot from three, sinking five of his 10 shots from deep. Lavine dished out five assists, secured five rebounds and stole two passes. DeRozan was a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arc and an efficient 11-24 from the field.

DeRozan grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists in the crucial win.

Overall, the Bulls’ starting lineup dominated. All five starters added double-digit points and had a positive +/-.

The Bulls caused 15 turnovers in the 14-point win.

On Nov. 23, the Bulls defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 118-113 at the Fiserv Forum, the first regular season win at Milwaukee since Dec. 26, 2017.

The Bulls rolled to victory behind another fantastic DeMar DeRozan performance. DeRozan scored 36 points on 24 shots, including two 3-pointers. DeMar passed out eight assists and grabbed an additional four rebounds. Williams added 11 points and impressive defense against two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Williams blocked two of Antetokounmpo’s shots close to the rim.

Patrick has produced numerous solid games, including elite defense as a power forward. 

Both Lavine and Nikola Vučević added 18 points in the win. Lavine struggled from the field, only making six of his 17 shots, while Vučević went 7-14. Coby White added positive numbers from the bench, including 14 points and three steals.

Six Bulls players scored double-digit points, including White and Javonte Green, who both came off the bench. 

On Wednesday against Milwaukee, the Bulls began a six-game road trip. During the stretch, the Bulls play five Western Conference teams, including the first-place Phoenix Suns, the 12-10 Utah Jazz and the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Bulls return to the United Center on Dec. 7, a matchup against the Washington Wizards.


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