Bulls 111, Celtics 97

At rear is Bull's guard Rajon.

Heading into their matchup with the No. 1 seeded Boston Celtics in the opening round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, the eighth seeded Chicago Bulls had nothing to lose as the major underdog. It's not like the Bulls have some great home-court advantage, but the thing that has them winning this series is that they're playing like the better team.

Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason.

While some might be shocked by how Chicago has played as a No. 8 seed that was just 41-41, Butler made it clear he's not one of those folks. He also grabbed nine rebounds and Robin Lopez hauled down eight of his team's 20 offensive boards in the win.

Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler scored 22 points each, leading six Bulls players in double figures.

The Bulls host Game 3 on Friday.

The Celtics were outhustled in the offensive glass in both games, and fell behind by double digits early in Game 2.

The Celtics star managed a team-high 20 points on a mere 6 of 15 from the floor. We're always going to be there for one another.

Two years after an overachieving Celtics team was cheered despite a first-round sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bradley and company heard the boos this time after another uninspired effort in a 111-97 loss in Game 2. The former UW Husky scored 33 points in Game 1 on Sunday.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Golden State's Kevin Durant missed practice because of a strained left calf and is questionable for Wednesday's Game 2 against Portland, who again will be without center Jusuf Nurkic.

"I feel like in the second half, the ball stopped moving". But I think obviously we're going to have to play more purposeful offense that will help our defense.

The country didn't know who these guys were before this series began, but they sure do now.

Bulls: Nikola Mirotic finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Those numbers helped Chicago open up a 12-point lead during the first period. But not so fast, just take a deep breath and relax, as this is only the first game of the series. He guarded Isaiah (Thomas) for most of the game tonight; had his hands full with that.

Bradley Beal scored 22 points and Markieff Morris had 21 points for the Wizards, who finished the regular season 49-33 and entered the play-offs as the No. 4 seed after not qualifying a year ago. Bobby Portis was big off the bench, scoring 19 points and pulling down nine rebounds in the win.

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