Celtics take Game 4 from Bulls, even series

"I thought Isaiah Canaan played great", said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Houston Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

For what it's worth, Hoiberg's Bulls attempted 33 free throws. It's going to take a couple days to see how I feel.

"I come off and the first screen is a pick-and-roll, I get off of it, and it doesn't come back". The Bruins did not get off a shot in the extra period - the fourth overtime game of the series and the 17th of the National Hockey League playoffs, tying the record for an opening round. "I stretched my leg out".

The Celtics have now won two games in a row after falling behind in the series with back-to-back home losses.

Thomas delivered 33 points and seven assists as the Celtics drew level in their first-round play-off series with a 104-95 away victory over the Chicago Bulls.

In game 3, five of the Celtics scored in double figures, led by Al Horford (18), Jae Crowder ( 16), Isaiah Thomas (16), Avery Bradley (15), and Terry Rozier (16).

Dwyane Wade scored 18 for Chicago. He knocked down three 3-pointers en route to recording 13 points and three assists. "I have a job to do, and that's to score the basketball, make plays for others and be the leader".

All of the excuses in the world can't disguise the fact that there was simply no answer for Thomas, and once again, the Bulls failed at adjusting to Gerald Green replacing Amir Johnson in the Celtics lineup. "We'll see how it goes", coach Fred Hoiberg said.

The Celtics went on a 12-0 run in the next three minutes and finished the third quarter leading 79-70.

With Thomas and Green each scoring 16 in the first half, the Celtics carried a 57-46 lead into the break.

As for picking up the slack at point guard, Chicago's tandem of Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams was bad. They came out in the second quarter and pushed to post their largest lead of the series 41-21 with nine minutes left in the half.

At the end of the third quarter, the Celtics had a 79-70 lead.

Smart feigned throwing the ball at Butler.

Butler said in each of the past two games, he and his team-mates used a lot of effort trying to climb out of a 20-point hole.

The approximate date for the return of Rondo, which is one of their starters, has not been announced by the team yet but it was mentioned that the injury of the Bulls' point guard will not require surgery. "We knew we were coming here to win both games".

  • Julie Sanders