"That was fun. They just did it a little too long", Thomas said, breaking into a smile. "You got to see the positive, we held on to the lead and won the game".
Devin Booker scored 28 to lead Phoenix, and Alan Williams continued his production off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Going small paid off on the offensive end as well, but not in the way you might expect. Avery Bradley didn't quite know if the Celtics were playing that good or Chicago was as poor as it looked. Twelve of those offensive rebounds came in the second half, where Houston overcame a 14-point deficit, outrebounded Cleveland 31-17, and essentially wore out a tired Cavs squad that was playing: A. Shorthanded (again); B. On the second night of a back-to-back. "We haven't had one (recently), so this was good".
The Celtics rushed to a 13-0 lead, shutting out Chicago until Dwyane Wade's jumper almost six minutes into the game. Julius Randle collected 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Robin Lopez and Denzel Valentine paced the Bulls with 13 points apiece. Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade, who came in averaging a combined 42.6 points per game, were a combined 6 of 22 from the floor and had five and eight points, respectively. "We've got to figure it out. I guess there's a lot of confidence knowing we can guard, and we're going to have to guard in order to win".
Coming off a 2-3 road trip, the Celtics never trailed.
The Bulls managed only 26 points in the first half, the fewest allowed the first two quarters by Boston all season. After Lopez opened the second half with a three-point play, the Celtics scored the next 10 points.
"I think the coaching staff did a really good job of helping us fix the culture of what we had past year", Harden said before the game.
The Indiana Pacers meanwhile maintained their playoff drive with a hard-earned 102-98 win over the Miami Heat, Paul George steering them to victory in a tense battle. But Indiana got clutch plays late from Jeff Teague and Myles Turner.
LeBron James added 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Hassan Whiteside led Miami with 26 points and 21 rebounds. Consider the Spurs went 3 - 1 this week, had a huge come-from-behind win against the Rockets and were number one in the rankings last week. Waiters finished with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Brooklyn beat NY 120-112 for a first home victory of 2017, ending a 16-game losing streak at Barclays Center.
The Nets ended a 16-game losing streak with the 120-112 win at Barclays Center. They hadn't won here since December 26, when Lin strained his hamstring in a victory over Charlotte.
He missed the next 26 games and struggled through his return here Sunday until taking control after the Knicks had trimmed a 22-point deficit to five. Channing Frye's 3-pointer 105 seconds in capped a 10-4 run and gave the Cavs a 2-point lead.