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Celtics lose to Bulls thanks to controversial foul call on final shot

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Celtics lose to Bulls thanks to controversial foul call on final shot

Smart was 1-for-5 with three points when he cut the Bulls lead to a 81-80 with two free throws to open the fourth quarter.

With the Celtics up 103-102 with seconds remaining, Chicago's Jimmy Butler carried the ball up the court and took the final shot of the game, which did not go in. He played respectably in 24 total minutes over the past week but with head coach Brad Stevens going for more offensively-minded lineups, Zeller's skills just don't fit.

"You look back after the big meeting we had and we really got in a good rhythm", Hoiberg said, citing the January 27 team talk after Rajon Rondo called out Wade and Butler for criticizing teammates publicly. Through all that noise the 27-year-old has emerged as one of the game's best players, an honor which will be validated Sunday night when he starts in the All-Star Game alongside the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.

A vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton during the campaign, Cuban said Monday that he woke up a day earlier to Trump's tweet, which read "I know Mark Cuban well". "I got punished for playing good D, I guess".

The Celtics, 2 1/2 games behind the Cavaliers (with Kevin Love set to miss six weeks with knee surgery), opened their trip with a awful loss at Sacramento.

The Celtics had problems most of the game keeping Portis in check.

Celtics lose to Bulls thanks to controversial foul call on final shot
Celtics lose to Bulls thanks to controversial foul call on final shot

Still, anytime you lose a game in this manner, it's beyond frustrating.

High-scoring Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is challenged by 76ers center Jahlil Okafor on a drive to the basket. "I wish I could be back now, but I just have to do whatever is smartest at the moment", Bradley said. "Now I'm just being smart about it so I can be prepared to play at a high level for this team".

Beyond the foul, Smart has had an excellent February. Butler finished with 29 points, seven assists and went nine for nine from the free-throw line. "Marcus has played really well".

The Bulls have won two straight - against the Raptors and Celtics, no less - and have an impressive 9-8 record against the six teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference. And there's lots of basketball left to be played this season.

That, to Celtics opponents, is downright scary. And the teams also could re-kindle talks come June near the draft. Marcus Smart robbed Stauskas blind and made him watch from the floor as Smart kicked dust back in his face.

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