Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of the first postseason triple-double by a Chicago Bulls player since Scottie Pippen in 1997.
Butler had 22 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocks, Robin Lopez had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Wade scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth. Dazzling on the same parquet floor where he once roamed for nine seasons, Rondo finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and a franchise playoff-record-tying 14 assists as the Bulls shot 51.1 percent.
Isaiah Thomas remained with the Boston Celtics on Monday, and coach Brad Stevens said he expects that the All-Star guard will play Tuesday in Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls before traveling to be with his family after the death of his sister.
The Celtics studied more than their normal amount of film in an effort to keep the Bulls from cleaning the offensive glass. However, it was the Celtics that emerged triumphant in the last playoff clash with Chicago, knocking off the Bulls in seven games in a first-round matchup eight years ago.
Then, the day before Boston's playoff opener, Isaiah Thomas' sister was killed in a vehicle accident.
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.
LeBron James paid tribute to Isaiah Thomas on Monday, offering his condolences to the grieving Boston Celtics star following the death of his sister in a vehicle crash at the weekend. In 2010, the Celtics came out on top in five games in the opening round. So Thomas played, scoring 13 points in the first quarter and finishing with a game-high 33.
"You can say whatever to him, but I think our actions really let him know that we care for him", Bradley said.
"I had the luxury of playing with a guy named LeBron [with the Heat], and we did the same thing when we played [the Bulls] and Derrick Rose [in the Eastern Conference finals in 2011]", Wade said. The Celtics are a deep team but Thomas' offense has been key for them and playing without him would certainly put Boston at a disadvantage. The NBA Playoff Odds for the game have the Celtics favored to pick up the win.
Game 3 is on Friday night at 7.
But they did more than just win one game. "So we all got to be prepared but, whatever it takes".
"Me and Isaiah have known each other since we were kids", Bradley said. There's no way that Thomas could have been focusing only on basketball as this is bigger than the game.