Rondo's night ended with 11 points and 14 assists on a night when all five Bulls starters reached double figures. The Bulls had control of the game by dominating on the offensive glass, beating the Celtics in rebounds 43-38.
Horford's production dropped off from the Bulls' 106-102 victory in the series opener on Sunday, when he netted 19 points with eight field goals, seven rebounds and a team-high eight assists.
National Basketball Association players offered their support on social media for Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas, who played in Boston's playoff opener Sunday afternoon, one day after the death of his sister.
The Celtics held a pregame moment of silence for Chyna Thomas, who died early Saturday in a one-car accident in Washington.More news: Canada introduces legislation to legalise marijuana
This season, the top-seeded Celtics, having turned in an impossibly uninspired effort while absorbing a 111-97 loss on Tuesday, were booed as they walked off the court at TD Garden. Stevens said that after services for Thomas' sister, the star guard intends to rejoin the team Friday for Game 3 in Chicago. And then there's playoff Rondo who morphs into one of the best players on the planet when it matters most - the playoffs.
Heading into their matchup with the No. 1 seeded Boston Celtics in the opening round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, the eighth seeded Chicago Bulls had nothing to lose as the major underdog. I was pretty aggressive (Game 1), but I got myself into some foul trouble. The problem is that they allowed the Chicago Bulls to garner a rating of 114.3, which is +6.9 from what the Bulls produced in the regular season.
Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston.
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"I don't know how this night is going to turn out". Then, the day before Boston's playoff opener, Isaiah Thomas' sister was killed in a vehicle accident.
Bobby Portis was the man for Chicago during Game 1.
Tebow played six of the Fireflies' seven games this week, and was 3 of 21 at the plate. Boston got outrebounded 53-36 while allowing 20 offensive boards leading to 23 second-chance points. "I'm not quite sure who's in his life", James said.
"We've talked, a little bit last night and then again today, about as he goes through it, and if he feels like he needs to not [play], then whatever he wants", Stevens said. You go through a lot throughout a season. "The best teams overcome any type of adversity".More news: The FCC is about to unveil its net neutrality roll-back plan