Last-sec­ond free throws push Bulls past Celtics

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CHICAGO

Jimmy But­ler made two free throws with 0.9 sec­onds left to lift the Chicago Bulls to a 104-103 vic­tory over the Bos­ton Celtics on Thurs­day night.

But­ler’s clutch foul shots capped a mem­o­rable duel with fel­low All-Star Isa­iah Thomas in the NBA’s fi­nal game be­fore the break. But­ler and Thomas had 29 points and seven as­sists each.

But­ler was touched on the right el­bow by Mar­cus Smart on a turn­around jumper at the fi­nal horn, draw­ing a foul. But­ler nod­ded his head up and down as an in­cred­u­lous Smart danced up the court in dis­be­lief.

But­ler calmly drained each free throw, and Al Hor­ford air-balled a base­line jumper on the Celtics’ last shot, giv­ing Chicago (28-29) con­sec­u­tive wins against Eastern Con­fer­ence pow­ers Toronto and Bos­ton (37-20).

WIZARDS 111, PAC­ERS 98

INDIANAPOLIS — Otto Porter Jr. made six 3-point­ers, fin­ished with 25 points and eight re­bounds, and Wash­ing­ton won its fourth straight. The Wizards made nine 3-point­ers and led by as many as 19 points in the first half. The Pac­ers turned the ball over eight times in the first half, re­sult­ing in 15 points for the Wizards.

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