Celtics beat Bulls, take series lead

"It's freezing in there", Wade said.

"Eventually we're going to have to deal with the fact that he's not out there, " Butler said.

Dwyane Wade had a turn back the clock moment with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists but Jimmy Butler didn't come through and was held to just 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting. Game 5 of the Bulls/Celtics series was far and away the tightest and most interesting game of the matchup so far, at least for the first three-and-a-half quarters, but other than the incredibly rare Anthony Morrow sighting, nothing particularly new or groundbreaking happened. Boston missed its first eight 3-point attempts before making three in a row at the end of the first quarter.

The Bulls scored 61 points in the second and third quarters but their offense stalled in the fourth, where the Celtics uncorked a 20-5 run.

"I was trying to eliminate letting Jimmy Butler get to the free throw line".

"AMo can play, man", Jimmy Butler said. He would finish with a near triple-double of 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. "I felt like I did a good job at it".

The Celtics faced the Bulls in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first round playoffs on Wednesday night at TD Garden in Boston.

The Jazz, who have C Rudy Gobert closing down the lane, are 9-1 SU and 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 home games where they were favored by six or fewer points. "Obviously we didn't do anything on the court before we left".

Board battle: Despite benching Amir Johnson and using a small-ball lineup, the Celtics have closed the gap on the rebounding battle and second-chance points that defined the Bulls' two victories.

Rajon Rondo, who was the point guard on the 2008 Celtics team that won the franchise's record 17th National Basketball Association title, did not play for the third straight game because of the broken thumb and strained ligament in his right wrist.

After Game 5, however, Hoiberg had very little words when WEEI.com's Josue Pavon followed up with the coach, regarding his thoughts on IT's dribbling.

Robin Lopez picked up the technical in Game 5 after taking exception to Boston's Jae Crowder putting him in a leg lock and then arguing with referee Ed Malloy. "Now it's our job to continue".

"No", he said, before walking out.

  • Julie Sanders