April 16, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) stands alone during the fourth quarter of the Chicago Bulls 106-102 win over the Boston Celtics in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.
Former Celtics guard Rajon Rondo ran the show for the Bulls and came just shy of an 11th career playoff triple-double - finishing with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds as well as five steals and two blocks.
Wade and Jimmy Butler led six Bulls in double figures with 22 points apiece, while Robin Lopez had 18, Paul Zipser 16 off the bench and Nikola Mirotic 13.
Stevens said that after services for Thomas' sister, the star guard intends to rejoin the team Friday for Game 3 at Chicago.
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The Bulls controlled the inside throughout the game and forced the Celtics into shooting from the outside, where the shots stopped falling in the fourth quarter.
NOTES: Celtics G Avery Bradley was reportedly deciding whether or not he will accompany G Isaiah Thomas to Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday for the funeral of Thomas' younger sister, Chyna. Thomas' sister, Chyna, died in a vehicle accident in Federal Way on Saturday.
"He was incredible. He's an fantastic player and an wonderful person", Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "Isaiah (Thomas) is a really crafty guy and I just wanted to go out and play as hard as I could". Serge Ibaka added 16 points for Toronto, Cory Joseph had 11 and Jonas Valanciunas added 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Chicago also pulled down 20 offensive rebounds and converted 23 second-chance points to Boston's 15. "It's not ideal, but we feel like we can bounce back", said Jae Crowder.
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ESPN notes that at one point in the third quarter, Stephenson slammed the ball on the floor after the play was over. Cleveland regained the lead twice during a 15-5 fourth-quarter run and closed it out with a 12-5 spurt.
Olynyk (41) during the third quarter in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.
However, after two games, they have a 2-0 lead and now seemingly have everything to gain. That ended up helping him get up to 33 total points in the game, and even though it wasn't enough to get the Celtics the victory, it was enough to keep them in the game until the closing seconds of the contest. The Celtics fell to the Bulls, 106-102.
"That hate is that respect", Wade said. Bobby Portis finished with 19 for the Bulls. Khris Middleton added 20 points for Milwaukee, who will seek to regain the series edge when they host game three on Thursday.
He was much better in Game 2, going 6 for 12, including 2 of 5 from long range.
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