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    Celtics throttle Bulls by 56 points as both teams set records

    CHICAGO -- The Boston Celtics turned in a record-setting performance in their steady climb in the Eastern Conference.

    Jaylen Brown scored 23 points off the bench, Daniel Theis added a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Celtics routed the Chicago Bulls 133-77 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

    The 56-point margin of victory was the largest in franchise history, surpassing a 51-point win (153-102) over the Philadelphia Warriors on March 7, 1962. The winning differential also tied the mark by an NBA road team, set by Seattle in a 136-80 win at Houston on Dec. 6, 1986.

    The 56-point loss was the worst in Bulls history, eclipsing a 53-point (127-74) defeat at Minnesota on Nov. 8, 2001.

    The Celtics took charge early in this one, racing ahead 17-0 as they shot 8-for-11 from the floor at the start. Boston led 35-17 after one quarter as it shot 60.9 percent, and led 64-43 at the half thanks to 52.4-percent shooting.

    For the game, the Celtics outshot Chicago 53.8 percent to 38.3 percent.

    The Celtics' biggest lead in the first half was 22 points and Chicago never got closer than 13.

    The Celtics kept the pressure on, outscoring Chicago 69-34 in the second half.