Butler isolated against Marcus Smart on the left side of the court as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls (-1, 212)All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas aims for a team-record 41st consecutive 20-point performance Thursday, when the Boston Celtics close play prior to the All-Star break by visiting the Chicago Bulls. This game also gave us a supremely cold-blooded burn: This high-five in Marcus Smart's face, right after the foul was called at the end of the game.
Butler's clutch foul shots capped a memorable duel with fellow All-Star Isaiah Thomas in the NBA's final game before the break. Given how efficiently they played on the road and this being the final National Basketball Association game before the All Star break (not to mention the call on Marcus Smart at the end), this is one of their more painful losses this season.
Thomas can break Havlicek's record - set from November 17, 1971 through January 30, 1972 - at Chicago on Thursday night in Boston's final game before the All-Star break.More news: Malaysian police detain boyfriend of Indonesian Kim Jong Nam murder suspect
Covington left the game in the fourth quarter after hitting his head near the Boston bench diving for a loose ball. It's going to propel us to the second half of the season, which our team really needs, " Portis said. It's a streak that dates back to January 2013 and is so odd that Taj Gibson remarked the team is aware but didn't want to discuss it earlier Thursday, so as not to jinx it.
That made the Bulls' situation all the more perilous when Brad Stevens subbed Thomas in with 8:47 remaining and the Bulls clinging to a one-point lead. The Celtics raced out to eight-point leads three times, including 22-14, midway through the first quarter.
And its plays like the Stauskas play which looked more like a football strip-sack, that reminds us all how impactful he can be.
Inside the box score • Jahlil Okafor came in off the bench after missing the last two games (see story). However, a recent report indicated that the team is actually eyeing Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler and Indiana Pacers' Paul George. Mirotic, who was available but didn't play by coach's decision after missing the last two games with back spasms, has drawn minor interest to this point.
Still, Boston goes into the break in second place in the Eastern Conference, just three games behind the first-place Cleveland Cavaliers. I played hell of a great defense right there. His five helpers led the Celtics Wednesday night. Boston has dropped two of three against Toronto this season.