NBA: Huge 4th quarter pushes Celtics past Bulls


Posted at Apr 27 2017 11:31 AM

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives to the basket past Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (8) and forward Jimmy Butler (21) in Game 5 of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The Boston Celtics used a massive fourth quarter to overcome the Chicago Bulls, 108-97, and seize a 3-2 series lead in their first round Eastern Conference playoff match-up.

Boston trailed, 79-81, at the end of the third period, but clamped down defensively in the fourth frame, limiting Chicago to only 16 points.

The Celtics scored 29 points in the payoff period, with Isaiah Thomas' lay-up with 9:40 to go putting them ahead for good, 86-85. Boston went on to lead by as much as 15 points.

Boston has now won three straight games since dropping the first two games of the best-of-seven series to the eighth-seeded Bulls.

Thomas and Avery Bradley paced the Celtics with 24 points each, while Al Horford tallied 21 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists.

Jimmy Butler was limited to 14 points, but added eight boards and six dimes. Dwyane Wade led the Bulls in scoring, with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists.

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