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Bulls steal late win against C's, 104-103

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Isaiah Thomas, albeit a long-shot, has this opportunity in his sights, boosted by his 29.8 points per game average.

Despite playing for the third straight game without guard Dwyane Wade, Butler took on a starring role and got enough help from his supporting cast to give the Bulls a much-needed shot in the arm at a time when the Bulls needed it most.

Thomas managed to squirm around and under Butler for the go-ahead layup with 2:36 left, and after Butler missed a 3-point attempt, Thomas drew a foul attempting a 20-footer. In some convoluted way, that's the ideal description for Marcus Smart.

The result was a 104-103 victory for the Bulls over the Celtics, who lost for only the second time in the last 13 games. "He hit my elbow", said Butler, who scored 29 points in the victory to go along with 19 by Bobby Portis. "He hit my elbow".

"I always say it". He intercepted a pass intended for official Justin VanDuyne, who made the call, and began arguing with him. We've got the Three Alphas this season.

Butler added seven assists for Chicago. Until then, enjoy All Star Weekend and look out for Jimmy Butler to start in Sunday's All Star game!

"It's what the game tells you to do", Butler said. I'm sorry I don't think I'm going to miss and look forward to an offensive rebound.

The Bulls' leading scorer stepped to the free-throw line and drilled both foul shots, making him nine-for-nine for the game and giving him 29 points. "Coach said, 'Make a play, ' and that's what I did".

Olynyk caught fire in the fourth quarter with a pair of threes and a three-point play that kept Boston close. Butler's 3-pointer put them up 64-63 with 8:07 left in the quarter to cap the run, and Jerian Grant did the same after Boston re-took the lead on its next possession. Gerald Green asked some of the coaches going to the All-Star Game to bring him back some "socks or shorts or something". "He pays it off more often than not". TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT LINE HISTORY: The Bulls opened as 1.5-point home underdogs and that line has quickly dropped 2.5-points to Chicago -1. He also finished with a game-high 11 rebounds and one block. Now, the Bulls' challenge is to string together better play against all foes.

And while there will undoubtedly be plenty of attention paid to the controversial call that enabled the Bulls to squeak out a win, Fred Hoiberg's squad is now sitting one game back of the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.

"He's a lot to deal with", Butler said bluntly after the game. "We can't be satisfied". We can't settle right now.

Asked about passing Havlicek, Thomas downplayed the feat, telling reporters, "I'm trying to win a championship and break those type of records".

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