Butler serves up late Bulls run to shock Celtics


Butler finished with 30 points.

Rondo, a former Celtic who won a title in Boston, narrowly missed the 11th playoff triple-double of his career with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.

Wade and Jimmy Butler scored 22 points each, leading six Bulls players in double figures. "As people say, the series starts when you take advantage of home court, and we did that tonight".

To replicate such feat, the Celtics must first learn how to beat the Bulls, starting with Game 3 on Friday. The Celtics shot 43 percent from the field in the loss but was just 14-of-38 from 3-point land.

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LeBron James paid tribute to Isaiah Thomas on Monday, offering his condolences to the grieving Boston Celtics star following the death of his sister in a auto crash at the weekend. But Paul Zipser picked up the slack in Game 2, scoring 16 points in 29 minutes. "Take it one game at a time and try to get Game 3".

That changed quickly, though, as the Bulls responded with a 20-4 run. When Rondo has been the primary defender, the Bulls are 2-for-7 shooting for 10 points with four turnovers.

Speaking during Cleveland's shootaround ahead of their Game 2 against IN on Monday, James expressed sympathy for Thomas's situation.

Chicago again used its big men to push the Celtics out of the paint and was quicker to the ball in a lot of 50-50 situations. The Bulls outscored the Celtics in the paint 32-20 for the half. And then there's playoff Rondo who morphs into one of the best players on the planet when it matters most - the playoffs. We needed it. We needed an injection of pace into that first lineup, and he did an unbelievable job in the most critical time of the year of getting us to play the way that we needed to play. We knew they'd come out and play with great energy. The Bulls scrappiness paid off, and they dropped 23 points on seconds shots on Sunday.

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Granted, the grief All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas is going through following the death of his sister has had an impact on the team, but following down 0-2 to the No. 8 seed Bulls is unacceptable.

Game three is in Milwaukee on Thursday.

Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 24 points and 15 rebounds. "So no matter what goes on we're always going have each other's back". "Give credit to our team, our second unit".

Bradley Beal scored 22 points and Markieff Morris had 21 points for the Wizards, who finished the regular season 49-33 and entered the play-offs as the No. 4 seed after not qualifying past year.

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