By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
It took an extra quarter for the Celtics to return from their ten day five game road trip, but despite the frustrating start Boston was able to turn it around to beat the Chicago Bulls, 105-100.
The C’s struggled out of the gate shooting 2 of 10 from the floor and turned the ball over 3 times. Isaiah Thomas had zero points in the first half, Avery Bradley couldn’t find the bottom of the net and Sullinger grabbed second chance boards, but couldn’t lay the bunnies in.
Despite all that, somehow the Bulls couldn’t pull away ending the first quarter tied and the half only up by 3.
In the second half, David Lee sparked a fourth quarter run and Isaiah Thomas dropped 20 points to cruise to the win.
Eight Celtics scored in double figures to fend off Jimmy Bulter who led the way for Chicago with 36 points.
Next up for the Celtics is the game that everyone has had circled on the calendar since the beginning of the year, but even more now that the Golden State Warriors will take their 23-0 record into the TD Garden on Friday.
- Jared Sullinger (10 points and 16 rebounds) notched his seventh double-double of the season and in the past two games he’s grabbed 36 boards.
- Evan Turner (13 points and 7 assists), Kelly Olynyk (15 points and 5 rebounds) and Jae Crowder (13 points and 3 steals) kept the Celtics in it while Bradley and Thomas struggled in the first half. Kelly hit shots and seemed more aggressive on the offensive end, Crowder was everywhere on the defensive side that led to transition offense and Evan Turner had the highlight of the night.
- James Young logged quality and early minutes for the Celtics. While he didn’t score and only recored a rebound, Young looked promising while on the parquet.
- Isaiah Thomas was huge in the second half and scored five straight points after Chicago cut a 10 point deficit to 3.