By Harry Allison
Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of a triple-double and the visiting Chicago Bulls, the No. 8 seed, beat the top-seeded Boston Celtics, 111-97, to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.
Butler added 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Rondo finished with 11 points and 14 assists on a night when all five Bulls starters reached double figures.
Dwyane Wade (above) had 22 points, including 16 in the second half, and Robin Lopez added 18 points and 8 rebounds for Chicago.
The Bulls host Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Friday.
After a better start by the Celtics, the Bulls again took control by dominating the offensive glass. Chicago held a 43-38 edge in rebounding.
Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston.
The Celtics got to within 91-82 early in the fourth quarter before the Bulls went on a 14-4 run to push their lead to 19.
Paul Zipser added 16 points off the bench for Chicago.
RAPTORS 106, BUCKS 100 Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, including the clinching basket with less than 10 seconds to play, and third-seeded Toronto beat visiting Milwaukee, the No. 6 seed, evening their first-round playoff series in the East, 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.
Game 3 is Thursday night in Milwaukee.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks.
Blake Griffin led a smash-mouth revival of Lob City with 24 points and DeAndre Jordan had a double-double in the L. A. Clippers’ 99-91 victory that evened their playoff series with the Utah Jazz at 1-1.
Jordan finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who crushed the Jazz in the paint, 60-38.