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Bulls stun No.1 Celtics, steal Game 1

21 April, 2017, 18:18 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Rajon Rondo helped the Chicago Bulls thrash the Boston Celtics 111-97 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Tuesday night, and he also delivered a dose of reality to the home team in the midst of the blowout.

Butler, who scored 30 points in Game 1, had another strong showing in Game 2 with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists, but the Celtics were undone by his helpers and the lack of assistance they provided Thomas, who scored 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Dazzling on the same parquet floor where he once roamed for nine seasons, Rondo finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and a franchise playoff-record-tying 14 assists as the Bulls shot 51.1 percent.

The Bulls try to take a stranglehold of this best-of-7 first-round series when Game 2 resumes Tuesday night (Wednesday AM in Manila) at the TD Garden.

Chyna Thomas died early Saturday in a one-car accident outside Tacoma, Washington. No funeral date is set, but Stevens said the Celtics plan to attend.

The teams will meet again for game three in Chicago on Friday, April 21. Thomas was in tears during the pre-game but seconds before the tip off, he came right back to the court. So Thomas played, scoring 13 points in the first quarter and finishing with a game-high 33. The Celtics' best rebounder is probably Al Horford, who definitely doesn't have the size or strength to battle with Lopez for the boards. "Obviously our world is kind of revolved around basketball, but like I said, who cares about basketball when something like that happens?"

Boston were completely out-rebounded by Chicago on the offensive glass as the Bulls brutally exposed the home team's lack of height in the paint and made the most of second-chance points.

The Bulls used several quick spurts to control the game, the last one the 10-0 burst that built a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Given the tragedy Thomas suffered before Game 1 it's testament to the guard's fortitude that he is even playing this series.

Game 3 is Thursday night in Milwaukee.

But they did more than just win one game. "We'll start the same way and hope we get production from both those guys". "So there's some guys that can do that, and we're fortunate to have one of them". "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".

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