Chicago Bulls G Dwyane Wade (illness) to sit out vs. Boston Celtics

Ross Houston
February 17, 2017

Olynyk started the decisive surge with a pair of layups, followed by a high-arching layup on a drive by Thomas, the NBA's second-leading scorer.

Butler isolated against Marcus Smart on the left side of the court as the final seconds ticked off the clock. "It was a bad call". Thomas added 13 as Boston was able to extend their lead to six at the break. A good look by Thomas missed, setting the stage for Butler's free throws. "I think he can go from 80 to 100 back down to 40 to 90".

The contact, though, was as light as can be, and was not really the traditional contact that warrants a foul call.

The Sixers were without two players late in the game. "A rollercoaster of emotions".

But the Celtics reeled off wins at Portland, Utah and Dallas, the first two without starters Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder.

How many points per game does Thomas average on the second night of back-to-backs? Zipser missed his fourth game. He was named the 15th captain in team history. Head coach Brad Stevens said he never heard a whistle. After 48 wins last season, the Celtics are making a run at the No. 1 seed this year.

Rondo has played for Sacramento and now Chicago.

The Chicago Bulls' season has been defined by turmoil, but they'll enter the All-Star break riding a two-game winning streak following a thrilling victory Thursday night over the Boston Celtics at the United Center.

Whether they acquire Butler, the Celtics sights are set squarely on the top spot in the Eastern Conference, which is held by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Thomas also committed the foul again, this time on Doug McDermott, who hit twice for a one-point game. Butler's 3-pointer put them up 64-63 with 8:07 left in the quarter to cap the run, and Jerian Grant did the same after Boston re-took the lead on its next possession.

Dwyane Wade had found a groove before a wrist injury took him out of the lineup.

The duo of Amir Johnson and Al Horford came out on fire, combining to hit their first eight shots from the floor. But he dished out five assists as the Celtics found offensive rhythm early.

Irving and Korver combined to make four 3s in the first 2:50 of the fourth quarter - Korver finished with 22 points and became the seventh player with 2,000 career 3s - as the National Basketball Association champions improved to 7-1 in February following a drama-and-distraction filled January. When the Celtics pulled away in the second half, the Sixers snuck back in. "I thought we played a pretty good game".

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