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

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Friday night, the Celtics will have a shot to close out their first playoff series win since 2012.

Rondo's presence has been missed by the Bulls, who have now dropped three-straight to the top-seeded Celtics after winning the first two games with the point guard in the lineup.

And tonight's game marks the first time this C's group has a chance to eliminate an opponent.

Isaiah Thomas led them on a late surge in the final period, scoring 11 of his 24 points, as they took command of the game and their play-off series with a 108-97 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Boston's defense has made SF Jimmy Butler and PG Dwyane Wade earn everything they get. "Avery's really important to our team; we've said that all year", Stevens said.

Thomas was just 6-17 from the field, but he hit all 11 of his free throw attempts to end the game with 24 points. "That was my goal this game, and I feel like I did it", Bradley said.

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

Four players are averaging at least 12.3 points per game for the Celtics, they are: Isaiah Thomas (25.5), Al Horford (14.8), Jae Crowder (13.0) and Avery Bradley (12.3). Both of Butler's knees were wrapped after the Game 5 loss on Wednesday, in which he played 39 minutes and scored 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting.

The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards took control of their respective NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff matchups.

The Celtics have the home court advantage tonight, but surprisingly, both teams have lost their two home games so far in this series to the visiting team. "I just think him being able to be with this relatives and getting together with them, think that helped him".

"We're not too anxious about shooting percentages, especially myself", Thomas said. Morrow also played second-half minutes and is projected to remain in the rotation for Game 6. Utah had six double-figure scorers in Game 5, as veterans Boris Diaw, Joe Johnson and George Hill soothed any jangled nerves in the team's ranks. Nor does the coach expect Rondo to be available if a Game 7 is necessary. Eight of those points were scored at the free-throw line, as Chicago committed a series of fouls, including two technicals. Thomas found his way to mature in the fourth quarter by staying within the flow of the game and not forcing the situation.

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