Thomas plays after sister's death

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He was a plus-24 in 40:22, adding five steals. "But they had great chemistry early on in the season, so it was really good in Game 1 and hopefully it can continue on the rest of the series".

"It's key when you have a point guard like him that controls the whole game - you've just got to play", said Dwyane Wade, who had 22 points, eight of them coming in a 10-0 spurt that put away Game 2. We needed it. We needed an injection of pace into that first lineup, and he did an unbelievable job in the most critical time of the year of getting us to play the way that we needed to play. And I think he knows that and I know the same about him. Said Rondo: "I just tried to stay aggressive". Then the Celtics will win in 5 games. Those fans booed their team on more than one occasion Tuesday, including as the final seconds ticked off.

"We were so locked in all week".

Boston heaved 3-pointer after 3-pointer from that moment on in an attempt to get back into the game. And the breakout bench performance tonight came from Paul Zipser, who had 16 points on 6-8 FGs.

"We have to play hard no matter what", Bradley said.

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.

Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston.

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Leonard finished the game 9 for 14 from the field and was 19 for 19 on free throws. He was a minus-20.

James did not send his sympathies to Thomas and his family via social media because of the Cleveland Cavaliers star's playoff-imposed blackout, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Rondo had 11 points and 14 assists on a night when all five Bulls starters reached double figures. He paced Boston with 33 points.

Jae Crowder matched his career playoff high with 16 points and said the Celtics were far from done. We haven't done that all season, but this is the right time to do it. "We'll start the same way and hope we get production from both those guys". "The best teams overcome any type of adversity".

Basketball fans of both teams at the TD Garden in Boston offered a moment of silence to pay their respects for Thomas' 22-year-old little sister, Chyna Thomas, who died in a vehicle accident in Washington. Thomas is scheduled to rejoin the team in Chicago in time for Friday's Game 3.

You might say the Bulls couldn't wait to implement their greedy approach to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Portis didn't look like a guy who was playing in his first playoff game, as he registered a +12 rating while he was on the floor.

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