Celtics tame Bulls

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CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 5: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics goes to the basket against the Chicago Bulls on March 5, 2018 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. AFP

The Boston Celtics didn’t feel the absence of star point guard Kyrie Irving in a 105-89 victory over the Bulls in Chicago.

With Irving nursing a sore knee, Boston started strong and never looked back — scoring the first seven points en route to a 35-16 lead after one quarter.

Jaylen Brown scored 21 points fr Boston, who led by as many as 37 on the way to a fifth win in six games.

The Celtics are 1 1/2 games behind the Toronto Raptors for the Eastern Conference lead.

The Bulls, meanwhile, lost for the 14th time in 17 games.

In San Antonio, veteran point guard Tony Parker scored 23 points and handed out four assists as the Spurs edged the Memphis Grizzlies 100-98.

“Tony was his old self,” guard Danny Green said of the French star, a 17-year veteran who came off the bench as he continues to battle back from a quadriceps tendon injury suffered last May.

Green had 14 points and Davis Bertans added 17 for the Spurs, who had lost four at home and eight of their last 10 to fall from third to sixth in the Western Conference.

The win was especially important as the Spurs now embark on a tough road swing against the Golden state Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.

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