Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

Isaiah Thomas thankful for support during 'hardest week of my life'

Isaiah Thomas thankful for support during 'hardest week of my life'

Now, they are in complete control of their first-round Eastern Conference series against the top-seeded Boston Celtics.

TORONTO (AP) - Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, including the clinching basket with less than 10 seconds to play, and Toronto beat Milwaukee to even the first-round playoff series at 1-1. Six minutes later, the Bulls would be headed home with a chance to put the Celtics one game away from a sweep, and Boston was on its way to the Windy City in search of an terrible lot of answers. "That's where your confidence always comes from". Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists and DeAndre Jordan added a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Just as important, he helped contain Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics' dynamic, high-scoring point guard.

Over the first two games of the series, Smart has averaged 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.

They were without the defensive standout again in Game Two and in his absence, the Clippers outscored the Jazz in the paint, 60-38. The Bulls team fought til the end in the first game of the series, and ended up topping Boston 106-102, taking an early 1-0 lead. "Tonight, our job was easy". He pushed the ball in transition- attacking the holes in Boston's defense-making the extra pass. A de facto assistant coach, Rondo played with a fearlessness that the Bulls fed off of as they resembled the Celtics team that had 53 regular-season wins instead of one of the worst No. 1 seeds in playoff history.

"If you want to go get the ball, you're going to go get the ball". Yes, Rondo required discipline after throwing a towel at a Bulls assistant and likely challenged authority behind closed doors more than anybody knows.

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That changed quickly, though, as the Bulls responded with a 20-4 run.

Those fans booed their team on more than one occasion on Tuesday, including a loud chorus of jeers as the final seconds ticked off.

"We definitely gained a lot of things out of these two games", he said. "Take it one game at a time and try to get Game Three". He at a serious personnel matchup disadvantage in this series because Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler are getting support from Robin Lopez and Nikola Mirotic. The Bulls, post-All-Star break (and post-Taj Gibson trade), ranked in the back half of the league in offensive rebound percentage.

Celtics: Finished with 16 turnovers, leading to 23 Chicago points.Thomas shot 7 of 13 from the free throw line. His point differential was -20 in 42min.

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