The Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 111-97 to take a 2-game lead in their round one playoff matchup, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Boston’s TD Garden arena.
The Bulls came in seeded eighth and upset the number one seeded Celtics in game one. This is the first time in NBA history a number one team lost the first two games to a number 8 seed in a seven-game series.
The Celtics lost every quarter on their way to defeat. It was a combination of poor shooting by the Celtics and good defense by the Bulls which led to the visitors pulling away for the victory.
The Bulls answered several runs by the Celtics in the second half when they had closed to within single-digit deficits. The home crowd left disappointed but still hopeful their team would bounce back in Chicago.
Jimmy Butler and Dewayne Wade lead the Bulls scorers with 22 points apiece. Former Celtic Rajon Rondo contributed 11 assists and was one rebound away from a triple-double as the Bulls pulled away in the final moments of the game.
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, son of the Detroit Pistons legend from the 1990’s, entered the series with a heavy heart after his sister passed away last week. He will be joining his family before returning to the team in Chicago for game three.
Thomas was the leading scorer for the Celtics with 20 points, while center Al Horford pitched in for Boston with a game-high 11 rebounds.
The teams will meet again for game three in Chicago on Friday, April 21.
Written by D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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