Isaiah Thomas is set to play Game 2

Isaiah Thomas is set to play Game 2

The Chicago Bulls powered past the Boston Celtics 111-97 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead over the Eastern Conference top seeds in their National Basketball Association playoff series, while the Toronto Raptors avoided falling into an 0-2 hole.

Former Celtic Rajon Rondo was the star for the Bulls, finishing just one rebound shy of a triple-double.

Bulls center Robin Lopez grabbed eight offensive rebounds by himself, on his way to a 14-point, 11-rebound performance. Dwyane Wade scored eight of those points.

The Bulls try to take a stranglehold of this best-of-7 first-round series when Game 2 resumes Tuesday night (Wednesday AM in Manila) at the TD Garden. The Celtics studied more than their normal amount of film in an effort to keep the Bulls from cleaning the offensive glass.

The Chicago Bulls stole Game 1 of their first-round matchup against the Boston Celtics on the road with a 106-102 victory on Sunday.

Playing a day after 22-year-old sister Chyna Thomas was killed in a auto accident in their home state of Washington, Thomas led the top-seeded Celtics with 33 points.

Chyna Thomas died early Saturday in a one-car accident outside Tacoma, Washington.

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"I think the biggest thing is, they really care about each other", coach Brad Stevens said Monday. Stevens further stated that Thomas' previous play just goes to show that he is an wonderful player not just in Boston but in the league. "It's good to be able to have a guy like that to say, 'Get us 30, and then go guard the guy that's got 30'".

Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston.

"We're like this", Jimmy Butler said, balling up his fist to show the team's tightness after a regular season with occasional fractures. I wouldn't be in this position unless my teammates did what those guys did last game--Bobby Portis made some big plays, (Jerian) Grant made big plays. The top-seeded Celtics will have a couple days before Game 3 to regroup as they plan how to dig out of a 2-0 series hole.

The Bulls came in seeded eighth and upset the number one seeded Celtics in game one.

Odds are that Boston will regroup and take Game 2 at home, but their attention to detail in regards to boxing out must be paramount. Khris Middleton added 20 points for Milwaukee, who will seek to regain the series edge when they host game three on Thursday. He had the best plus-minus on the team at +12.

Game 3 is Friday in Chicago. And Thomas, after an unsteady beginning, played admirably in Game 1, scoring 33 points to go with six assists and five rebounds.

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