Grieving Thomas leads all scorers in loss to Bulls

Bulls beat Celtics 106-102; Thomas plays after sister's death

The Chicago Bulls needed to win just one game in Boston to have a shot in the series.

The Bulls, who clawed their way to the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, are trying to become the first eighth seed to topple the top-ranked team in the opening round since the Philadelphia 76ers upset Chicago in 2012.

Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (21) drives on Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42). However, it was the Celtics that emerged triumphant in the last playoff clash with Chicago, knocking off the Bulls in seven games in a first-round matchup eight years ago. He just missed his 11th playoff triple-double, finishing with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. His five steals were the most he has had in a game all season.

Isaiah Thomas and Boston Celtics are ready to face the Chicago Bulls and looking for the Postseason tie at present. "Tonight, our job was easy". We played against Boston back in the day, Rondo knew all the plays.

Jimmy Butler and Dewayne Wade lead the Bulls scorers with 22 points apiece.

Boston Celtics" NBA player Isaiah Thomas' shoes carry the message "I Love you Chyna' dedicated to his late sister, who was killed in a auto accident on Saturday. That has to be weighing heavy on not only the Boston leader but also the entire Celtic team.

"Everybody's putting in each work, watching film, working on their game", Butler said. "Take it one game at a time and try to get game three". Boston got outrebounded 53-36 while allowing 20 offensive boards leading to 23 second-chance points.

Toronto Raptors found their playoff feet as they drew level in their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

"My deepest sympathy and prayers goes up to him and his mother, his father, whoever is in his life", James told reporters. We knew their stuff, jut like they knew ours.

Lowry meanwhile shrugged off his Game 1 struggles, where he finished two of 11 in field goal attempts to add 22 points off 6 from 12 shooting.

That included a three-pointer by Brogdon that rattled in and out of the hoop. Bobby Portis added 19 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks off the bench.

Game 3 will be held in Chicago.

Olynyk (41) during the third quarter in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.

At the time of Rondo's benching, Hoiberg said he was looking for more speed in the Bulls' game.

Blake Griffin scored 24 points.

Robin Lopez was spectacular again on the offensive glass and raining in jumpers, as he finished with 18 points. Toronto led 84-83 heading to the fourth.



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