Bulls beat top-seeded Celtics to take 2-0 series lead

Bulls beat top-seeded Celtics to take 2-0 series lead

Bulls beat top-seeded Celtics to take 2-0 series lead

They have been given the second best chance to reach the Eastern Conference Finals only behind the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Chicago again overwhelmed the Boston Celtics to win Game 2, 111-97. And then there's playoff Rondo who morphs into one of the best players on the planet when it matters most - the playoffs.

In Toronto, Kyle Lowry bounced back from a lackluster game one as the Raptors beat the Bucks 106-100 to level their series at one game each.

Now, the Bulls are in complete control of their first-round Eastern Conference series against the top-seeded Boston Celtics. The 28-year-old star's status for Game 2 was up in the air, following the death of his sister, Chyna Thomas, 22, in a tragic vehicle crash on April 15.

Imagine having to go to work in a high profile job, with millions of people watching you, after enduring the tragedy and personal pain of, say, Isaiah Thomas in the opening game of the National Basketball Association playoffs. However, Thomas had a great game. But I think the next extension of your family is who you're around every day, and your team.

On Tuesday, Rondo had a near triple-double before finishing with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. The Celtics are now an alarming 2-10 in a dozen playoff games of the Thomas and Brad Stevens era.

The supporting cast needs to pick up the slack if they want to win the series. But Bradley said while the team continues to grieve for him, it can't be a distraction when they are on the court. Amir Johnson was only 2-8 from the field. George Hill chipped in 12 points and seven boards. Avery Bradley had 14 points but on 13 shots, and he had four turnovers.

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BOSTON (AP) - The Chicago Bulls talked often during the regular season about believing they had the personnel to play as a physically imposing team.

Horford had little to show for the 31:36 minutes he spent on the parquet while being outplayed by Bulls' pivot man Robin Lopez on both ends of the floor.

How else do you explain Paul Zipser scoring 16 points - the majority coming off the dribble - in Tuesday's Bulls win?

Neither team had more than a two-possession lead until Butler made three free throws with 4 minutes to play make it 95-88. This was one of the fears with the Celtics getting the No. 1 seed - that they didn't have the talent around Thomas or the playoff pedigree to back it up.

The Bulls look to go up a commanding 3-0 when they host the Celtics at the United Center on Friday.

Chyna Thomas died early Saturday in a one-car accident outside Tacoma.

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