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Monday marked the first time that Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis were the top 2 scorers in a game for the Bulls. (Via Elias Sports Bureau)

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The Bulls defeated the Celtics, 108-85 tonight. Via Elias Sports Bureau: This is the first time in NBA history that a team that entered with a winning percentage of .200 or less won by at least 20 points against a team with a winning percentage of .800 or better (minimum 25 games into the season).

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Rockets are 21-4 this season, last time the Rockets won more games in the team's first 25 games of a season was 1993-94 (22 wins). That was also the season of the Rockets' first NBA Championship (they won back to back in 1993-94 and 1994-95).

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon and Mike Evans may have just met a few days ago, but the Cubs skipper was so impressed with the Bucs wide receiver that he helped kick off the launch of his new Mike Evans Family Foundation. Evans wanted to know if he could play center field.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

That's three wins in a row for the Bulls after a 108-85 victory over the Boston Celtics. Niko Mirotic and Bobby Portis combined for 47 points and 12 rebounds. David Nwaba had another nice game with 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Dunn just made a nice block on one end and knocked in two more points on the other end. He's really coming along nicely in the last couple weeks. Bulls have to be pleased with his progress.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Niko Mirotic continues playing with a lot of confidence since his return. He's already got 11 points and is looking for his shot all over the floor. Mirotic is at his best when he believes he can make all the plays — that's what he's doing right now.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

At halftime, Northwestern leads visiting Chicago State 55-8. For future reference, the record for the largest margin of victory in a game between two Division I opponents is 91: Tulsa 141, Prairie View A&M 50, December 7, 1995.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo, on if there was any traction for a deal between the Marlins and Cubs for Stanton: "There wasn't much interaction given the makeup of our roster, our future payroll commitments and some plans that we have. Great player, great opportunity, but not necessarily one for us at the time."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

It was a little bit of a throwaway line but this quote from Theo Epstein underscores what the team still thinks of Kyle Schwarber and/or his trade value: "He's always been someone teams have had interest in, I guess, but we probably have the most interest."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about the lead off position for the Cubs, Theo Epstein described a traditional one, once again, as a "luxury" for his particular team. They scored over 800 runs last season without one. The Cubs focus remains on the mound: "Our greatest threats relate to pitching," Epstein said.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Niko Mirotic will start in Markkanen's place vs. Celtics.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Lauri Markkanen (back spasms) will not play vs. Celtics.