Celtics Pull Away And Win Game 5

Chicago Bulls Michael Carter-Williams left has words with Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas as Jae Crowder comes between the pair during the second half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Ch

Bulls Fred Hoiberg complains Isaiah Thomas gets away with palming. Thomas shrugs

After Wednesday night, you can definitely add Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg for the highlight reel here.

After the game, a reporter from Boston's WEII radio asked Hoiberg, "Did you see Isaiah carry the ball at all this game?"

Robin Lopez picked up the technical in Game 5 after taking exception to Boston's Jae Crowder putting him in a leg lock and then arguing with referee Ed Malloy.

The Bulls tried everything to alleviate the absence of Rajon Rondo by maximizing Dwayne Wade who had 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in 35 minutes of play.

This comes after Hoiberg insisted Thomas was an "impossible cover" during Game 4, because the referees were failing to call carrying fouls.

Thomas and Avery Bradley paced the Celtics with 24 points each, while Al Horford tallied 21 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists. The Celtics lost the first two games at home - with Game 1 just a day after Thomas' sister died in a auto crash. "We went to Chicago knowing we were going to win those games, not hoping", said guard Avery Bradley, who also scored 24 for the Celtics. The Celtics lost the first two games at home - with Game 1 just a day after Thomas' sister died in a vehicle crash.

Chicago opened the game strong and kept it tight through the first three quarters.

Schroder led the Hawks with 29 points, making a career high-tying five 3s, and 11 assists.

But after his basket from beyond the arc pulled Atlanta within 101-99 with 70 seconds left, Wall responded with a 21-foot pull-up jumper. The guard has had an up and down series, and his Game 4 performance was definitely in the latter category as he scored just 11 points in 38 minutes of action.

The host has won every game in this series so far.

If the Bulls win Friday, Game 7 is Sunday back in Boston. They've been knocked out in the opening round as underdogs each of the last two postseasons, and they opened this year's tournament with a pair of home losses that put them in danger of becoming the second conference champion in the East to be upset by a No. 8 seed in the seven-game era. The Celtics led early in the third, by 5 points, which was their largest lead of the game up to that point.

Boston fans booed Hoiberg before Wednesday's game.

Still, Washington stretched out a one-point halftime edge to 69-58 on Wall's three-pointer, before the Hawks responded.

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