Thomas scores 33, Celtics beat Bulls 104-95 to tie series

Posted May 03, 2017

But I don't think he's about that life, so calm it down. I can't do it without those guys. "Take it somewhere else".

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.

Isaiah Thomas' shoulders heaved. "An unbelievable competitor. He's a warrior - everything he's going through right now, he had a hell of a game tonight", Hoiberg told reporters, referencing the recent death of Thomas' sister, Chyna. "He had a hell of a game". He's impossible to guard when you're able to put your hand under the ball, take two or three steps, and put it back down. But when is such a violation called?

Hoiberg wasn't complaining when his team was up 2-0 earlier in the series. "You're playing those guys, you seeing them every other day, you get aggravated by the little things they do". It should be called. "I've believed in trusting these guys all year long". "He's a great player and he can find different cracks, but I'm just going out there trying to interrupt their timing, try and milk as much time as I can off the shot clock and just keep him uncomfortable".

"With his sons, James and Jaiden, joining him at the postseason podium, Thomas added, "[My teammates] give me a lot of confidence.

"Not one man can guard me", he said when asked about his best game of the series so far. "So I don't think that would change".

And while Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg already stated Rondo won't play in Wednesday's crucial Game 5 against the Boston Celtics as he heals from a fractured thumb, others aren't ruling out his early return.

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Having been banished to the inactive list and end of the bench, Canaan's best moments under the United Center lights had been one-on-one matchups with his teammates hours before the real games began.

No matter which defender the Bulls threw at him, Thomas - who re-entered the game in the third quarter with four personal fouls - could not be stopped.

The play that sealed the victory for the Celtics wasn't a twisting Thomas drive, but rather the 5'9 guard taking a charge on Bulls power forward Bobby Portis with 2:15 remaining in the game. Michael Carter-Williams, who, like starter Jerian Grant, was mostly ineffective, had replaced Canaan during this run.

"It's tough", Canaan said after the game. The Celtics got a stop and then Crowder drove to the basket for bucket to build the lead back to 10, 63-53. "We'll see. We'll see how it goes. That was a crucial time that hurt us".

Lance Stephenson scored 22 points for Indiana. It was an impressive performance from a reserve who averaged about nine points per game in the regular season.

"It is going to be challenging", Wade said.

However, Boston immediately ripped off 12 unanswered points to regain control of the game. Totals 32-76 26-33 95. A significant amount of the play-calling done during Chicago's end-of-the-season run to get into the playoffs, was done by Rondo.