Jimmy Butler draws questionable foul on Marcus Smart to beat Celtics

Posted February 17, 2017

And now it's 17.

Chicago continued to click throughout the second half, and it did just enough to hold off the hungry Celtics down the stretch.

Dwyane Wade missed yet another game with a wrist injury that's been plaguing him for several games now.

"But it's real good for us, especially going into the All-Star break". Then Isaiah Thomas drove the paint and converted a layup with 5:45 left to put Boston up, 94-92, and give Thomas the new franchise mark with his 41st straight game of at least 20 points, breaking John Havlicek's old mark set back in the 1971-72 season. Boston has been lighting up opposing defenses all season, so this shouldn't come as a surprise. They have the 6th best offense in the National Basketball Association, and as of tonight's game, they have more made 3-pointers than the Golden State Warriors.

It seems like Smart makes an wonderful defensive play like this one each game. He looked solid on offense though, including this pretty finish.

Rondo showcased a hustle on defense that we see very rarely these days, gunning for a steal that led to this fast break.

And Jimmy Butler's scoring is slowly coming back into form after missing three games due to a heel contusion. Grant is shooting 11-for-20 from 3-point range in February, in case you were curious. Thomas is averaging 30.5 points while hitting 57.1 percent of his 3-pointers in two games against the Sixers this season.

At the risk of sounding cliche, the Bulls just outworked the Celtics.

Butler finished with 29 points on 9-20 shooting and made two of his five three point attempts to go along with seven assists and the aforementioned block in the final minute. The Bulls had cut the lead down to three before a ridiculous Isaiah Thomas-two-for-one three boosted the deficit to six points prior to the end of the half.

The Celtics went into the half with a 58-52 lead, but it was all gone by the end of the third quarter. In their last two games at home, the Bulls are 2-0 SU and ATS.

Smart appeared to graze Butler's shooting elbow as Butler attempted a game-winning jumper in the final second of regulation.

Chicago was down one when Butler took Smart off the dribble, spun and pulled up from around the free throw line. It means I'm doing something well.

Jimmy Butler tied his career high of 12 assists and scored 15 of his 19 points at the foul line in the win against the Raptors on Tuesday.