CHICAGO — Evan Turner had 19 points and six assists as the Boston Celtics held on for a 106-101 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
Seven players scored in double figures for the Celtics (3-3), who shot 51.9 percent from the field and outrebounded Chicago 45-38 to pick up a rare win at the United Center, where they had lost nine of their previous 11 since the 2007-08 season.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Bulls (5-2), who dropped to 1-2 on their home court. Chicago sliced a 19-point deficit in the second half to two points in the final minute, but Boston recovered with free throws by Turner and center Kelly Olynyk.
Guard Aaron Brooks led the Bulls with 26 points and eight assists. Forward Pau Gasol added 19 points and nine rebounds for Chicago, which trailed 83-67 after three quarters.
The Celtics established a 56-41 halftime lead after finishing the second quarter on a 22-6 run. Guard Avery Bradley sprinted end to end for a layup to increase Boston’s advantage to double digits with 2:48 remaining in the half, and Olynyk put back an offensive rebound with 2.3 seconds remaining to increase the lead to 15 points at the break.
The Bulls missed 10 of their first 11 shots from the floor before regrouping for a 25-20 lead at the end of one quarter. After Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau called a timeout with 6:32 left in the first quarter, Chicago closed the quarter on a 23-8 run to grab a five-point lead.
Both teams were forced to rely upon backcourt depth with their point guards sidelined.
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich was 0 of 7 from the field while trying to fill the void left by Derrick Rose, who sat out because of two sprained ankles.
The Celtics turned to Bradley (13 points) and Phil Pressey (3 points) to fill in for Rajon Rondo, who returned to Boston for a minor procedure to remove screws from his surgically repaired left hand.
NOTES: Celtics G Marcus Smart is expected to be sidelined two to three weeks after an MRI confirmed a left ankle sprain with bone bruising, the team announced. Smart, who was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, averaged 6.8 points in five games before getting injured Friday against the Indiana Pacers. … Bulls G Derrick Rose sat out for the fourth time in the past five games because of two sprained ankles. “We’ll see where he is tomorrow,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. … Celtics G Rajon Rondo did not accompany his teammates to Chicago. Rondo returned to Boston for a minor procedure to remove screws from his surgically repaired left hand. He is expected to be available Wednesday against Oklahoma City. … Bulls G/F Jimmy Butler started his second game in as many nights despite being listed on the injury report with a left thumb sprain and a right shoulder strain.