Boston Celtics Lose Game 2 to Chicago Bulls

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They built a 19-point second half lead in Game 6, and the LA faithful were booming inside the Staples Center.

"Playoff Rondo", the guy who put up games where he suddenly turned into a 3-point marksman and triple-double machine, certainly looks to be real this time around, as he's averaging 11 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds in the first two games this series.

Gobert was hurt in the opening 20 seconds of Game 1 on Saturday and did not return to the game, but Utah came roaring back to defeat the Clippers at the horn on a Joe Johnson buzzer-beater to steal away homecourt advantage. The Jazz went on to win that game, on the road, against a Clippers team that couldn't capitalize on the mismatch down low.

Asked if he preferred guarding a player like Redick who is constantly moving without the ball or Clippers point guard Chris Paul who often has the ball in his hands, Ingles shrugged the question off with his dry sense of humour.

Neither team led by more than six points in the first half.

After getting thoroughly pushed around underneath in Game 1, the Celtics grabbed the first four rebounds of the night while scoring the game's first seven points. Last year, I think he hit less than 10 [3-pointers] during the regular season and then more than that in the first round of the playoffs.

Johnson, who scored 21 points, was left isolated against Jamal Crawford on the final play.

"It's probably one of the most important games we've had all year", he said.

Following a hot start for forward Blake Griffin, the Clippers led for most of the first half of the game.

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Favors returned that favor in the Jazz's Game 1 victory, contributing 15 points and six rebounds while going 7 for 10 from the field in 32 minutes.

Utah had its chances, too, but defensive rebounding came back to haunt them - another area in which the Jazz missed Gobert, one of the NBA's elite rebounders. The fans will surely be ready, just as the Clippers will be. "Fred Hoiberg is doing a helluva job of putting us in the right situations to get some wins". Jordan fouled out with 52 seconds left in the game and Paul had four fouls.

Jamal Crawford logged nearly 30 minutes in Game 1 with Rivers out of the lineup and he likely stands to benefit the most.

"He always bounces back", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said of Lowry.

DeRozan broke the tie with a jumper and, after missed 3-pointers by Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova, Tucker missed a pair of free throws.

"A little bit of a surprise for me", Favors said.

The 203cm tall, 29-year-old from Adelaide has the nickname Slow-Mo Joe, but Jazz management and rival National Basketball Association coaches love him, including Los Angeles Clippers' Doc Rivers.

So even after they had down time after practice Sunday and Monday, the players' attention stayed on the Jazz and how the Clippers can even the series when it resumes Tuesday night at home.

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