Celtics grab Game 5 to have a 3-2 series lead

The Boston Celtics outscored the Chicago Bulls 29-16 in the fourth quarter to win the pivotal Game 5, 108-97, on Friday night at TD Garden. With the victory, the Celtics have the lead in the series.

In what was a tense moment going into the fourth quarter, trailing by two points, the Celtics endured the pressure and eventually took the homecourt advantage against the motivated Bulls. After dropping the first two games at home, the Celtics are now in a position to close the series on the road in Game 6.

Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas each scored 24 points to lead the Celtics in a very crucial game of the series. Thomas found his way to mature in the fourth quarter by staying within the flow of the game and not forcing the situation. Aside from his leadership, Thomas also had five rebounds and four assists. Shooting 11-for-11 from the free-throw line, Thomas showed the way to be the anchor of the team when the game is on the line.

Al Horford also contributed big by having 21 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Horford’s presence in the fourth quarter thwarted the defense of the Bulls which was concentrated on Thomas. Horford delivered when his scoring capabilities were needed. From the bence, Kelly Olynyk scored 14 points while Marcus Smart added eight points.

The Bulls tried everything to alleviate the absence of Rajon Rondo by maximizing Dwayne Wade who had 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in 35 minutes of play. However, Wade couldn’t make the necessary scoring in the fourth quarter against the swarming defense of the Celtics who oftentimes sent a double team.

Even team leading scorer Jimmy Butler couldn’t shake off the defense that was applied to him by the Celtics that he scored only 14 points in 6-for-15 shooting from the floor. Butler also had eight rebounds and six assists to compliment his scoring. Isaiah Canaan scored 13 points for the Bulls.

Game 6 is on April 28 at 8:00 PM ET, and the Bulls will try to extend the series hoping of Rondo’s return. In the series, Rondo is averaging 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10.0 assists per game. Rondo’s numbers are huge enough to help the Bulls in the coming game.

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