Jimmy Butler boosts Bulls in the final moments

Posted February 17, 2017

People are going to say, 'Oh, he didn't foul him.' But he did.

The Sixers recently halted the Miami Heat's 13-game win streak, and now they look to cool off the Boston Celtics who have won 10 of their last 11, including their last three.

Did Smart make contact? Yes.

"It was a bad call", said Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, who had 29 points and scored 20-plus points for the 41st straight game to break John Havlicek's franchise record.

The Celtics indeed celebrated when Butler's shot missed, but referee Zach Zarba called a foul on Smart that sent Butler to the line for two foul shots. "I couldn't believe it, but he made the call, so I've got to live with it". While plenty of speculation has been made what the Bulls will - or won't - do next week, Hoiberg inferred that he was fine with the Bulls moving ahead as they are. "You gotta live with it". "We shouldn't have traded him", Carlisle told reporters before the Celtics win over the Mavericks Monday. "It was a roller coaster of emotions".

Smart, his teammates and even typically unflappable coach Brad Stevens were all enraged by the call. "I thought we played a pretty good game". Thomas scored Boston's next nine points, but the Bulls refused to let a third-quarter comeback go to waste. "I got punished for playing good defense, I guess".

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Butler made both of his free throws, and the Bulls won the game 104-103.

Thomas also dished out seven assists.

Boston point guard Isaiah Thomas had a lot to do with the outcome.

His activity around the rim was huge for the Bulls, as he finished with 15 points and eight rebounds with two blocked shots. Philadelphia didn't go away, and took its first lead of the second half on Nerlens Noel's dunk with just under eight minutes to play. Fortunately, Jimmy Butler rallied from his first quarter troubles to score ten points the rest of the way and bring his assist total up to five.

Trend: The Celtics are 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in their last four games. The veteran swingman is shooting 16-of-25 from the field during that stretch, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range.

Bulls: Host the Phoenix Suns next Friday night. He had just seven points while missing seven of his 10 shot attempts which included a potential game-winner as the final horn sounded.

Offensive rebounds were once again a problem for Boston.

Down three entering the fourth, Boston used the combined play of Thomas, Kelly Olynyk (14 second-half points) and a huge three by Rozier to retake the lead.