Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas made an emotional return to the court on Sunday, a day after his sister Chyna had been killed in a vehicle crash.
TORONTO - DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and hit the go-ahead jump shot late in the fourth quarter as Toronto defeated Milwaukee to even the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at one game each.
BOSTON (AP) - The Chicago Bulls talked often during the regular season about believing they had the personnel to play as a physically imposing team.
Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason.
Al Horford had 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Boston.
Dwyane Wade scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half for the Bulls, whose five starters all scored in double figures.
"When I came here, in my [introductory] press conference, I said it was Jimmy Butler's team", Wade said. "And that's where your confidence always comes from".
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Offensive rebounding opened the door for the Chicago Bulls.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 20 points while Jae Crowder chipped in with 16. The Celtics fell at Atlanta in Game 2 after losing Game 1 a year ago, scoring just seven points in an 89-72 loss. But not so fast, just take a deep breath and relax, as this is only the first game of the series.
Chicago took Game 1 of the series 106-102 as a 7.5-point underdog on Sunday.
That changed quickly, though, as the Bulls responded with a 20-4 run. However, Boston was just 10 of 33 from 3-point range.
One of the main reasons behind their two upset wins has been the play of point guard Rajon Rondo. We played against Boston back in the day, Rondo knew all the plays.
"We just need to continue to fight for him". Look for the Bulls to keep this game close once again.
Los Angeles stormed to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, reeling off the kind of dunks that earned the team's Lob City moniker years ago. Now hold a 22-rebound advantage through two games of the series. Thomas missed 6 of 13 free-throw attempts, had two assists and committed five turnovers. "It helps at the same time I knew the circumstances of what my team needed from me".
Guard Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics will fly to Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday to join his grieving family following the death of his younger sister. You're going to face a lot of adversity. We have to do a better job as a team being able to contain him. Chicago was also a beast off the boards, out-rebounding the Celtics, 53-36.