The Boston Celtics evened their first-round playoff series with a big win over the Chicago Bulls, 104-95, at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., Sunday, April 23, 2017. The four matches have not followed normal patterns, as the visiting team won each game.
The Celtics began the game with a 14-4 run and finished the first period leading 30-18. They came out in the second quarter and pushed to post their largest lead of the series 41-21 with nine minutes left in the half. The Bulls fought back and the half ended with Boston leading 57-46.
Boston entered the second half knowing that the team leading at halftime has won each game, so far, in this series. Chicago came out hard-nosed and streaked to claim their first lead of the contest, 65-63, with 4:35 left in the period.
The Celtics went on a 12-0 run in the next three minutes and finished the third quarter leading 79-70. The stage was set for a terrific final period.
Boston withstood several runs by the Bulls, who closed to a five point deficit early in the fourth period. The visiting Celtics finished strong to clinch the victory.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics and was matched by the Bulls forward, Jimmy Butler, as they each scored 33 points. Boston center Al Horford led all rebounders with 12 boards.
The Bulls came into the game without their prolific star and former Celtic, Rajon Rondo. He was sidelined due to a thumb injury incurred in game 3. It is not known if he will return when the two teams will meet again in Boston on Wednesday, April 26.
Written by D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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