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Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Entertainment | By Johnnie Parsons

Avery Bradley consoled Isaiah Thomas during an emotional pregame shootaround

Avery Bradley consoled Isaiah Thomas during an emotional pregame shootaround

The Bulls had eight more second-chance points. The Bulls should be celebrating like there is no tomorrow because they did the impossible, win in the TD Garden. Here's a quarter-by-quarter analysis of the game! The Celtics didn't shoot especially well - in the fourth quarter, Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder treated the rim like they held a grudge against it - and the Bulls outrebounded them by a 423-9 margin (rough estimate).

Isaiah Thomas is coping with the death of his sister in a vehicle crash the day before Game 1 of the Celtics' playoff series.

Game 1 - Sunday: Chicago at Boston, 6:30 p.m.

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Both teams were playing with high energy and effort, and at the end of the first, the Bulls trailed 23-28. Boston within two on a layup by Thomas with 7.5 seconds following a Chicago turnover, but Butler hit a pair of free throws to seal it. "Once the game started going, I kind of settled down and it was fun being out there playing with these guys and us getting the win".

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The Bulls got the better of the Celtics in Game 1 through hustle, defense and rebounding and you just know they'll bring the same intensity again. He has had problems being a consistent scorer for the Bulls and that showed tonight.

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Inside the Celtics' locker room, Gerald Green fought back emotions while trying to put into words what Thomas is going through.

After the third, the Bulls and Celtics were tied at 74. He was emotional before the game and still brought his usual energy for the Celtics, scoring 13 in the first quarter, including this deep triple, on his way to a heroic 33 points.

It was fitting that the game was decided in the closing moments considering after three quarters of play, it was tied at 74.

Wade averaged 21.4 points in 14 playoff games and scored 25 or more four times a year ago. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 206.5 points. Instead of waking up joyful over the Resurrection, the Easter bunny, and NBA Playoff games, the Thomas family will be coping with the tragic passing of a sister and daughter. Fred Hoiberg trotted out an all-reserve squad other than Dwyane Wade in the opening minutes, and they proceeded to rip off a 10-2 run to give the Bulls back the lead.

Butler was getting buckets, and the Bulls were pulling away because of it.

With 2:41 to go, Chicago led 97-92. Al Horford also had a great all-around game for the Celtics in addition to Thomas.

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