Boston Celtics: Down 1-0 in first round

Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler catches a pass high above Chicago Bulls guard Isaiah Canaan during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston Tuesday

Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler catches a pass high above Chicago Bulls guard Isaiah Canaan during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston Tuesday

The Bulls knocked off the Celtics for the second time in three days as Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo led Chicago to a 111-97 win at Boston.

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.

Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler scored 22 points each, leading six Bulls players in double figures.

Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics played with a heavy heart on Sunday, scoring 33 points in a 106-102 National Basketball Association playoff loss to the Chicago Bulls just one day after his younger sister was killed in a vehicle crash. The Celtics studied more than their normal amount of film in an effort to keep the Bulls from cleaning the offensive glass.

Chicago prevailed on an emotional night in Boston, as Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas played the day after his younger sister, Chyna, was killed in a auto crash.

LeBron James paid tribute to Isaiah Thomas on Monday, offering his condolences to the grieving Boston Celtics star following the death of his sister in a auto crash at the weekend. However, the Celtics coach Brad Stevens, 40, confirmed that Isaiah will be on-hand, per Yahoo Sports, and he'll fly back to Tacoma afterward to attend her funeral. The Celtics shot 43 percent from the field in the loss but was just 14-of-38 from 3-point land. "And one thing I learned is through adverse situations, this team sticks together", Wade said.

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For the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas was the team's top scorer with 20 points, while Marcus Smart (13 points, 8 rebounds) kept the team in the game with some gritty offensive and defensive plays.

LeBron James and Isaiah Thomas during a December 2016 game. Serge Ibaka added 16 points for Toronto, Cory Joseph had 11 and Jonas Valanciunas added 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Celtics' best rebounder is probably Al Horford, who definitely doesn't have the size or strength to battle with Lopez for the boards.

Game 3 will be held in Chicago.

Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

"We don't have home-court advantage, so we had to get one here if we want to win this series", Wade said. His scoring provided the Bulls with exactly what they needed from their bench, and they've now gotten it one way or another during each of the first two games of the series. Now, the team looks perhaps the best it has at any point this season.

Bobby Portis was the man for Chicago during Game 1.

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