Rondo, a former Celtic who won a championship in Boston, just missed the 11th triple-double of his playoff career with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. Rondo's night ended with 11 points and 14 assists on a night when all five Bulls starters reached double figures.
Boston is the second top-seed team under the current National Basketball Association playoff format to lose the first two games at home against the eighth-place squad.
The 8-seeded Chicago Bulls stole Game 1 and home-court advantage from the top-seeded Boston Celtics behind a big game from Jimmy Butler and a big advantage on the offensive glass.More news: Boy wounded in San Bernardino school shooting released from hospital
Bulls forward Bobby Portis had 19 points in the team's 106-102 Game 1 win over the Celtics in their first round series on April 16th.
Boston guard Isaiah Thomas, who will fly to Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday to attend the funeral for his younger sister, Chyna, who was killed in an automobile crash, had an off night. As he tragically lost his sister, Chyna Thomas, in a auto accident Saturday morning and then somehow played the very next day in Game 1, which shows how strong he really is.
"As much as we've talked about Rondo, Butler and Wade, Lopez has crushed us", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Butler is one of the best two-way players in the league, he has the ability to drop 50 points as well as, lockdown nearly anyone on the perimeter.More news: Eleven Irish Players Named In Lions Squad
"My deepest sympathy and prayers goes up to him and his mother, his father, whoever is in his life", James told reporters. After scoring 28 points on 13-of-18 shooting in Saturday's 97-83 win over the Raptors, Giannis Antetokounmpo was just nine-of-24 from the floor in Tuesday's loss.
Thomas will play again tonight in game two and over the weekend when the series moves to Chicago. The Celtics trail the first-round series 2-0 partly because the Bulls point guard has been damn good. But before the game, Jimmy (Butler) and (Dwyane) Wade kept telling me to shoot the ball and stay aggressive.
Chicago also is enjoying its strongest run at the sportsbooks since early in the campaign, going 12-5 ATS over its past 17 games, including a 6-2 ATS mark in eight games away from the United Center.More news: Pope condemns deadly attack on Syrian convoy in Easter message
It was so unacceptable that Stevens made it the focal point of his post-Game 1 coaching plan. "As a polished team we have to know when to take those shots and when not to". Khris Middleton added 20 points for Milwaukee, who will seek to regain the series edge when they host game three on Thursday.
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