Thomas scores 33, Celtics beat Bulls 104-95 to tie series


On Sunday, the National Basketball Association fined the Bulls guard $25,000 for attempting to trip Celtics forward Jae Crowder while near the Bulls bench during Game 3 on Friday.

After Thomas scored 33 points in Boston's Game 4 win, Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg ranted about the referees declining to call carries on Thomas. Isaiah Thomas led all Celtics with 33 points along with seven assists. The momentum was short-lived for the Celtics as the Bulls continued to chip away at their lead which stood at 53-58 following a 3-pointer by Isaiah Canaan with 7:41 to play in the quarter.

Nikola Mirotic and Isaiah Canaan scored 13 with Dwyane Wade adding 11, but it was Wade's missed fast break layup that resulted in an Al Horford 3-point play after a dunk that made it 92-80 midway through the fourth, ending a relatively serious Bulls' threat.

He kept attacking the Bulls, jumping on the expressway known as the Bulls' paint and finishing multiple times against taller defenders to restore order and press the lead back to 10 at the end of the third. Thomas, who was on the bench due to foul trouble, returned to the floor and scored four straight to put the Celtics back on top 67-65 which led to a time-out by the Bulls with 3:39 to play in the third quarter.

The quality of shots Wade and Butler got again faltered without Rajon Rondo or a reasonable facsimile at point guard who could create, and it's starting to take its toll. The Bulls took their first lead with a Robin Lopez duck-in hook shot at 65-63 before Thomas sliced inside for two layups on consecutive possessions.

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Thomas keyed a third-quarter run after the Bulls wiped out a 20-point deficit and briefly went ahead, helping top-seeded Boston return the favor in Chicago after dropping the first two games at home. Game 5 is Wednesday in Boston. "Better starts here at home could've did us a little justice". "When you're able to put your hand underneath the ball and take two or three steps and put it back down, it's impossible to guard him in those situations".

Smart feigned throwing the ball at Butler.

"He's a great actor, acting tough". I don't think he's about that. It's the first time the Pacers have lost a series 4-0 in their National Basketball Association history.

Sidelined by a broken thumb, Rondo extended his leg as Celtics forward Crowder walked by after hitting a jumper then having words to Bulls bench during Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday (NZT).