Jimmy Butler spoils Isaiah Thomas' record-setting night

Boston Celtics Lose To Chicago Bulls Thanks To Terrible Foul Call On Final Possession

And how coincidental: Thursday's opponent just happened to be the Celtics, who fell to the Bulls 104-103 when Jimmy Butler sank two free throws with 0.9 seconds left after a questionable foul call on Marcus Smart.

Trade talks to get Jimmy Butler to play alongside Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics surfaced once again. "At the end of the day (referee Zach Zarba) made the right call". After initially thinking they had won the game, the Celtics players on the court could not believe the call.

A brutal call by Zarba at the worst time.

It was the 40th straight game of 20 or more points for Thomas, tying the team record set by John Havlicek during the 1971-72 season.

"It takes away one of our stronger options", forward Taj Gibson said Thursday. Speaking to reporters before the game, Cuban said he woke up thinking "there must be peace and harmony throughout the entire world because the president of the United States has chosen to wake up and tweet to me". That this win followed up their 11th consecutive win over the Toronto Raptors and puts the Bulls on a win streak heading in to the All-Star break is more than incredible, it's downright hilarious and improbable. "I got punished for playing good D, I guess".

On the next play, the Celtics smothered the Sixers to the point that Nik Stauskas ended up tripping over his own dribble, leading to a Jae Crowder finish on the fast break.

The Bulls also got a surprise performance from youngster Bobby Portis, who poured in 19 points off the bench. Isaiah Thomas only scored two points in the first period, but did have five assists to keep the Celtic offense humming until the final minutes.

Bulls: PG Rajon Rondo rolled his left ankle in the second quarter, but returned to the game in the third. Thomas scored the Celtics' final 11 points. "I wish I could be back now, but I just have to do whatever is smartest at the moment", Bradley said.

"In a time like that I do it all the time in the gym by myself before the game", he said. Frank Kaminsky had a 27 points, and Kemba Walker added 24 points and nine assists for Charlotte.

Both teams will be off for the next week as all-star weekend commences tomorrow in New Orleans.

Thomas' tight defense wound up forcing Covington to turn the ball over right into Al Horford's hands.

Mavericks: Nowitzki's 26-point average against Boston coming into the game was the highest against any opponent for the 19th-year player.



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