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Thomas ties mark as Celtics get past 76ers

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Conversely, Jimmy Butler shot 2-7 from the field while playing all of the first twelve minutes, scoring only five points. Taj Gibson had 12 and Doug McDermott 11.

The coaches taking the floor Wednesday night are still blown away by what he is achieving.

In addition to scoring 21 points, Smart also had a career-high eight steals.

Robin Lopez especially gave Al Horford and the Celtics' frontcourt fits, going for 15 points and eight rebounds, with five of those boards of the offensive variety. Thomas and Bradley, as well as Jae Crowder, provide ample support from three-point range, with Bradley and Crowder hitting over 40 percent of their attempts and with Thomas just under that mark. As a result, both teams headed to the locker room with the score favoring the Celtics 58-52. Thomas scored 13 of his 15 first-half points in the second, while Johnson led the way for Boston in the first with 10 points. Boston entered Thursday's game having won 11 of 12, and leading scorer Isaiah Thomas had averaged 32.6 points and almost 4 triples per game in February. The Bulls, on the other hand, have been one of the very worst under the same circumstances.

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"You can talk to [Anthony] and tell him all this, all that, but as far as a trade and all that stuff, that's for the front office because there's only so much say [players] can have in a deal like that", Butler continued.

"I was still hoping it went in", Butler said after the game. Okafor played 17 minutes, finishing with four points and four rebounds.

Here are all 16 of the games that the Bulls have played during their streak.

With the Bulls trailing 103-102 with 8.4 seconds left, Butler took a sideline inbounds pass and methodically waited and waited on the right wing. Yes, Tony Snell. He scored 22 points and was a plus-29 in a game the Bulls won 113-98. But after allowing 116.6 points per game over their previous six games, the Bulls put together a surprisingly strong performance on defense in a 105-94 win over the Toronto Raptors as 4-point home underdogs.

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But before shipping off to New Orleans for the weekend Butler had business to finish in Chicago.

But what's yet to be seen is how the Bulls respond over the regular season's final 25 games.

The Celtics are one of the league's deepest teams, and they played a total of 11 guys against the Bulls.

Thomas and Smart combined for 23 points in the first quarter, but Ferrell had 13 at halftime to help Dallas get within three before Boston's late surge. With the All-Star break upon them, the Bulls sit at 28-29, alone in seventh place in the East, a game ahead of eighth-place Pistons and two games ahead of the ninth-place Bucks.

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The Celtics go into the All-Star break with a bitter taste in the mouth following the loss, which took some luster off a benchmark game by Isaiah Thomas.

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