Celtics down 0-2 vs Bulls SPORTS

Top-seeded Celtics in 0-2 hole vs Bulls

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Bos­ton — The Chicago Bulls spoke of­ten dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son about be­liev­ing they had the per­son­nel to play as a phys­i­cally im­pos­ing team.

Their out­put has caught up to those de­sires so far dur­ing the post­sea­son.

Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Ra­jon Rondo fin­ished one re­bound shy of a triple-dou­ble as the Bulls beat the Bos­ton Celtics 111-97 on Tues­day night to take a 2-0 lead in their se­ries against the No. 1 seed in the East­ern Con­fer­ence.

While some might be shocked by how Chicago has played as a No. 8 seed that was just 41-41, Butler made it clear he’s not one of those folks.

“I’m not sur­prised be­cause every­body’s so locked in right now,” said Butler, who added eight re­bounds and eight as­sists.

Rondo had 11 points and 14 as­sists on a night when all five Bulls starters reached dou­ble fig­ures. Dwyane Wade had 22 points, in­clud­ing 16 in the sec­ond half, and Robin Lopez added 18 points and eight points.

“Every­body’s putting in each work, watch­ing film, work­ing on their game,” Butler said. “That’s where your con­fi­dence al­ways comes from.”

The Bulls host Game 3 on Fri­day.

Af­ter a bet­ter start by the Celtics, a fa­mil­iar theme started to take hold as the Bulls took con­trol by again dom­i­nat­ing on the of­fen­sive glass. Chicago held a 43-38 re­bound­ing edge for the game.

Isa­iah Thomas scored 20 points for Bos­ton.

Bos­ton got within 9182 early in the fourth be­fore Chicago went on a 14-4 run to push its lead up to 19.

The Celtics did a much bet­ter job con­tain­ing re­serve Bobby Por­tis in Game 2 af­ter he hurt them with 19 points off the bench in Game 1. But Paul Zipser picked up the slack in Game 2, scor­ing 16 points in 29 min­utes.

AP

Chicago Bulls for­ward Jimmy Butler blocks a shot by Bos­ton Celtics guard Isa­iah Thomas.

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