Bulls beat top-seeded Celtics to take 2-0 series lead

Hazel Gray
April 19, 2017

But Dwyane Wade scored 22 as well, Robin Lopez gobbled up offensive boards and tallied 18 points.

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Twenty-three teams in National Basketball Association history have lost the first two games of a best of seven series at home. It has been Lopez who has helped the Bulls shove and wrestle their way to a near-insurmountable 2-0 lead in this series.

Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason.

While some might be shocked by how Chicago has played as a No. 8 seed that was just 41-41, Butler made it clear he's not one of those folks.

Kyle Lowry added 22 points for the Raptors and made the clinching jumper. He couldn't close the triple-double, but still shined with 11 points, 9 rebounds, 14 assists and 5 steals.

"Everybody's putting in each work, watching film, working on their game", Butler said. "And that's where your confidence always comes from". The Bulls shot 58 percent when the shot was created by Rondo in Game 2.

After a better start by the Celtics, a familiar theme started to take hold as the Bulls took control by again dominating on the offensive glass. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is in Chicago on Friday.

Boston got within 91-82 early in the fourth before Chicago went on a 14-4 run to push its lead up to 19. That ended up helping him get up to 33 total points in the game, and even though it wasn't enough to get the Celtics the victory, it was enough to keep them in the game until the closing seconds of the contest. After Boston went on an 18-5 run to go up by two early in the second quarter, it felt again like the Bulls were in a awful spot. "Once you do your job defensively, you get in your defensive coverages, and then the shot finally goes out, sometimes you just get caught staring at the shot like, 'OK, I've done my job.' But the job isn't over until you actually get in front of your man and get the ball". "It wasn't moving at all", Celtics guard Avery Bradley said. "As a polished team we have to know when to take those shots and when not to".

He was much better in game two, going 6-for-12, including 2-of-5 from long range. After stealing Game 1 over LeBron James and the Cavs, those Bulls were obliterated 38-18 in the first quarter a couple of nights later.

There were doubts about Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade during the regular season and whether they could lead the Bulls. "One thing I learned about this team is through adverse situations, this team sticks together".

Thomas is expected to fly to Washington state to be with his family and help complete funeral arrangements for his sister. "We don't have any other choice that's what we said in the locker room; that's it". You go through a lot throughout a season.

"His plan, as of right now - and, again, subject to him changing if he wants - is that he'll be here (Tuesday) night and then will go to Tacoma after", Stevens told reporters Monday.

The Bulls led 89-75 in the opening minute of the fourth, their biggest lead of the game, when Butler found Felicio for a layup off a double team. Chicago's win also snapped the Celtics' six-game winning streak in such games.

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