Jimmy Butler on Tuesday night scored 22 points and Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of a triple-double as the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 111-97 to take a 2-0 lead in their series against the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Butler added eight rebounds and eight assists. Rondo’s night ended with 11 points and 14 assists on a night when all five Bulls starters reached double figures.
Dwyane Wade had 22 points, including 16 in the second half, and Robin Lopez added 18 points and eight points.
After a better start by the Celtics, a familiar theme started to take hold as the Bulls took control by again dominating on the offensive glass. Chicago held a 43-38 rebounding edge for the game.
Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston.
RAPTORS 106, BUCKS 100
In Toronto, Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, including the clinching basket with less than 10 seconds left, as Toronto beat Milwaukee to even the first-round playoff series at 1-1.
DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Serge Ibaka added 13 of his 16 in the second half and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 5-1 when playing Game 2 of a playoff series on their home court.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks. Khris Middleton scored 20 points and Greg Monroe had 18.
Lowry scored just four points in Saturday’s Game 1 loss, missing all six of his three-point attempts.
He was much better in Game 2, going six for 12, including two of five from long range. His step-back jumper with 8.9 seconds remaining gave Toronto a 104-100 lead.
CLIPPERS 99, JAZZ 91
In Los Angeles,Blake Griffin led a smashmouth revival of “Lob City” with 24 points and DeAndre Jordan had a double-double as Los Angeles beat Utah to even their playoff series at 1-1.
Jordan finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who crushed the Jazz in the paint, 60-38.
Los Angeles stormed to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, reeling off the kind of dunks that earned the team’s Lob City moniker years ago. Jordan’s tomahawk jam put an exclamation on the end of the period.
Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 20 points. Joe Johnson, whose floater at the buzzer gave them a two-point win in Game 1, added 13 points off the bench.