Celtics Take Down Bulls 104-87 in Game 3 Road Win, Trail 2-1 in Series

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The Boston Celtics are on a board. 

After dropping a initial dual games of their first-round playoff array opposite a Chicago Bulls, a Celtics responded Friday night with a 104-87 Game 3 win during United Center to equivocate descending into a crippling 3-0 hole opposite a Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed.  

Isaiah Thomas did a complicated lifting as a scorer (16 points) and distributor (nine assists), and his integrity to blade by a Bulls invulnerability in a third entertain stabilized a Celtics offense that sputtered to a balance of 11 second-quarter points and coughed adult what was an 18-point lead during a finish of a initial quarter. 

CBS Sports’ Matt Moore forked to Thomas’ prophesy as a vital reason a Celtics—who assisted on 34 of 41 made shots as a team—had some-more rhythm: 

Thomas’ favorite aim Friday night was Al Horford, who pressed a stat piece with 18 points, eight boards, six dimes and four steals. He also frequently served as a tellurian exclamation indicate as he capped off Thomas’ sharp feeds with fatiguing finishes during a rim, as a Celtics’ central Twitter comment documented: 

The other large pivotal for a Celtics revolved around long-range efficiency. After boiling a Bulls with 7 threes during a 33-point initial quarter, as NBA TV showed on Twitter, they finished a night with 17 total: 

That array generally stood out since a Bulls done only six threes as a team. 

Of course, a offense was due for some retrogression after Rajon Rondo was ruled out indefinitely with a fractured right ride Friday morning, as ESPN.com’s Chris Forsberg noted: 

Jimmy Butler, in particular, suffered from Rondo’s absence, according to CSN Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill:

Without a arguable building general, Butler scored 14 points on 7-of-21 shooting. Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade managed 18 points on 18 shots.  

As distant as a deputy indicate guards were concerned, Michael Carter-Williams and Jerian Grant total for seven turnovers and 3 assists as they struggled to deflect off Boston’s annoying fringe defenders. 

Looking ahead, conduct manager Fred Hoiberg might cruise not personification a required indicate ensure and vouchsafing Butler and Wade harmonise a bulk of his team’s actions.

Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT) during United Center. 

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