But we executed extremely well.
McCollum scored a playoff career-best 41 points, and Lillard had 34, but the Warriors made the crucial big plays on both ends down the stretch with Portland playing without injured center Jusuf Nurkic.
Perhaps playing was a temporary catharsis for him, a brief respite from the sadness that isn't going to stop overwhelming his life any time soon. You can already feel, as I was in church this morning, people were coming up to me and wanted to know how he was doing and all talking about it. So I knew we had to focus, especially myself, on going there and dealing with defenders.
Serge Ibaka, acquired in a deal at February's trade deadline to help Toronto avoid nights like this, was the only Raptor to score in double figures, finishing with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Game 2 is Tuesday in Toronto, then the series shifts to Milwaukee for Game 3 on Thursday.
But Chicago's Jimmy Butler dribbled off a few seconds and sealed the victory with two free throws with just three seconds on the clock.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Draymond Green led a defensive surge early in the fourth quarter and backup point guard Ian Clark contributed seven points to a 15-2 flurry as Golden State won Game 1 of the series. After a quick visit to the trainer, he calmly made all three free throws. Rajon Rondo added 12 points and Dwyane Wade scored 11 in his first playoff game for the Bulls.
The big shock came when Thomas opened up the game attacking the rim, getting to the line twice in the first four possessions. He wasn't the only Boston player a little off their game in the first half.More news: Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors
The Bulls also had their moments of fallibility.
Horford acknowledged afterward that emotions were tough for not just Thomas, but the entire team.
"It has to be", Horford said. One of the things I've learned having been through situations in the past, there's really no right or wrong answer.
"I think it just speaks to who he is as a person and how he comes out here and just fights each and every night, even when adversity is against him", Celtics forward Jae Crowder said. Instead of waking up joyful over the Resurrection, the Easter bunny, and NBA Playoff games, the Thomas family will be coping with the tragic passing of a sister and daughter.
Wall hadn't forgotten the five fractures in his left hand and wrist that cost him three games against Atlanta two years ago, a series Washington lost as a result. He went right to work - making two 3-pointers to power 10-0 run and push the lead to 110-80 with 4 1/2 minutes left.
The Celtics held a pregame moment of silence for Chyna Thomas, who died early Saturday in a one-car interstate accident in their home state of Washington. "Your contact has to be ... you have to make hard initial contact on the block-outs; you can't just turn and look and get pushed under, because they're going to get the ball".
Thomas' shoes had his sister's name, Chyna, written in black marker along with "I love you" on another part of his shoe.
Before the game, TNT showed Boston teammate Avery Bradley - a former player at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma - comforting Thomas on the bench during a shoot-around.