Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series

Stevens' decision to start Gerald Green over Amir Johnson was a surprising one, to say the least, but certainly made a difference in Chicago - where the Celtics won two straight against the Bulls to tie the series, 2-2. That night, Thomas' reaction was basically to laugh and shrug.

The Boston Celtics weathered a awful shooting night to beat the Chicago Bulls 108-97 in Game 5 of their first round playoff series on Wednesday night.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens was also asked about Hoiberg's comments about Thomas in his postgame presser.

"I had a good feeling in my heart when we came here 0-2 that we would come together and give ourselves a chance to win Game 3", Crowder said.

The Boston Celtics and Isaiah Thomas fare well as a favorite against the Chicago Bulls, plus they're fully staffed going into a potential clinching Game 6 on Friday.

Despite the technical fouls, there was little of the tension that characterized Game 4, when Jimmy Butler and Marcus Smart got in each other's face on the court and continued the criticism in their postgame comments. Neither team could claim more than a 8 point lead during the first or second quarters. Butler finished the game with 14 points, and only 1 free throw attempt. The Cavs, Warriors and Rockets are already through to the next round, but of the series' still yet to be decided, the classic battle between the Bulls and the Celtics is one of the best.




In a series that has been filled with plenty of physical play, referee whistles and smack talk, including a "Crybaby" accusation and a comparison to Mixed Martial Arts fighting, there were fouls galore in stretches once again.

Isaiah Thomas carried his team, not the ball.

Isaiah Canaan, who will get the starting nod on Friday night, played decently in his first start with the Bulls this season in Game 5, scoring 13 points in 36 minutes.

Rondo was a standout at both ends in the first two games, both Chicago victories on the road.

"We're gonna do what we do, that's just playoff basketball after you play a certain amount of games", Horford explained. The Bulls center continued his hot streak during Game 5 on Wednesday, with 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting.

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