Celtics star Isaiah Thomas went off for 33 points in Game 4 and Boston as a team hit 10 three-pointers.
Joe Johnson scored 28 points, and Utah beat Los Angeles in Game 4 to even their West first-round series at two games apiece. He was expected to miss significant time with the injury and Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg has already ruled his floor general out for Wednesday night's Game 5 in Boston. This organization is the best organization there is, from the people who work in the Garden to the players, the coaches, everybody who's a part of the Celtics - they've been supportive.
On Sunday - eight days after his sister was killed in a vehicle accident - Thomas rose once more with 33 points and seven assists as the Celtics drew even in their NBA Eastern Conference first-round play-off series with a 104-95 victory.More news: US VP Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'
"Mentally and emotionally, I'm not here, so I just feed off what the guys give me", Thomas said while addressing reporters for the first time since his younger sister, Chyna, died in a single-vehicle accident on April 15, a day before the series began. "They give me a lot of confidence". I can't do it without those guys. "It makes me feel somewhat normal through these tough times".
Watch the overtime Ottawa goal that ended the Bruins' season: For the fourth time this series, the Bruins and Senators needed extra minutes to determine the game's victor. Sometimes it results in a comical response, such as when Memphis coach David Fizdale humorously suggested the only way to stop the All-Star point guard is to "tackle him".
The top-seeded Celtics went on to win 104-87 after dropping the first two games at home. Bulls G Rajon Rondo was fined $25,000 for attempting to trip Celtics F Jae Crowder in Game 3.More news: Kanye West won't got to MET Gala with wife Kim Kardashian
"So we're focused on Game 5".
The Bulls - despite Butler's effort, which included nine assists - continued to struggle offensively without injured point guard Rajon Rondo. Nikola Mirotic (13 points) and Dwyane Wade (11 points) were the only other starters who scored in double figures. Even after struggling to replace Rondo at point guard in Game 3, Jerian Grant made his second straight start. "We need to do a better job of using that energy in a better start".
"Just watching him wince a little bit when the ball was coming to him makes me think it's a longshot". His 3-pointer and big third quarters from Butler and Robin Lopez brought the Bulls all the way back, with a raucous building erupting.More news: Mark Selby and John Higgins progress at the Crucible
But that was when Thomas sparked the offensive surge that pushed the Celtics back to a double-figure lead, and Boston maintained its advantage the rest of the way. "An unbelievable competitor - he's a warrior, everything he's going through right now". "We wanted to get him in there because he is a guy that can pressure the ball and pick up the ball full court". "But when you're allowed to discontinue your dribble on every possession, he's impossible to guard", Hoiberg said".