Huge 4th quarter pushes Celtics past Bulls


"He hurt us offensively tonight more than anything". It wasn't just Isaiah Thomas having to score or create on offense or nothing would happen; in fact, lineups with him off the floor survived surprisingly well.

Top seeds the Celtics were too good in game five on Wednesday, overcoming the Chicago Bulls 108-97. He finished with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Dwyane Wade was called on a technical after his outcry that a foul should have been called on a hard Kelly O screen. "We just gotta knock down the shots and Coach (Brad Stevens) keeps saying one day soon were going to knock down the open shots that we are missing", Thomas said. Eight of those points were scored at the free-throw line, as Chicago committed a series of fouls, including two technicals. This was the first game of the series in which the home team was victorious.

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The point guard had attempted to make an early return to the series, which is tied 2-2.

Boston was able to even the series with the Bulls on Sunday thanks to a 104-95 win at Chicago. Butler brought the ball down with 6.2 seconds left in the third quarter and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Bulls an 81-79 lead. Boston went on to lead by as much as 15 points.

Prior to Rondo missing time to heal his broken thumb, the Bulls were dominating the Celtics. If Boston shows up and plays to the crowd, a double-digit victory is likely in the cards. The momentum of the series began shifting when Rajon Rondo was ruled out before Game 3, and Boston has played far more inspired ball since Thomas returned home to be with his family in Tacoma, Washington, following the death of his younger sister.

Butler even admitted after Game 5 that Bradley had won the head-to-head battle. Known as a defensive liability, Thomas' weakness isn't as big of an issue with Rondo on the bench. In Game 5, Thomas had five uncontested field goal attempts and wound up missing four of them.

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"No", he said, before walking out.

"Isaiah Thomas is a hell of a player", Hoiberg said.

While the road team has won all four games in this series, Rondo played in the two games at Boston and had a big impact.

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Chicago lost both games in which Rondo didn't play, and the Celtics put the clamps on the trio of guards who have replaced Rondo to this point, Isaiah Canaan (Wednesday's expected starter), Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams.