Avery Bradley put on a career performance against Jimmy Butler as he led the Celtics to their third straight win in Game 5 to take his team back to Chicago for an elimination Game 6.
BOSTON — The Celtics are almost to the finish line and the second round of the NBA Playoffs after beating the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 108-97.
Avery Bradley had a career-defining game on both ends as he led the Celtics with 24 points while frequently guarding Jimmy Butler throughout the game.
Despite the Celtics going five-out most of the time, they were actually big on the Bulls lineups, who went small much of the second quarter using end-of-the-roster vet Anthony Morrow. Morrow had 8 points in the second quarter, but the Celtics took advantage by beating the Bulls 11-2 in second chance points.
The Celtics head back to a Game 6 in Chicago with a chance to win their first playoff series under Brad Stevens. Butler has done almost everything he can to keep his team alive. Dwyane Wade put on a vintage performance Wednesday night. Perhaps the shocking return of Rajon Rondo will be the last chance for the Bulls.
With the Washington Wizards taking the series lead against the Atlanta Hawks heading into Game 6, a battle between John Wall and Isaiah Thomas may be on the horizon.