After winning their first two games on the road, the Chicago Bulls found themselves on the brink of elimination on Friday night. With Boston leading the series 3-2, they hosted them in Game 6 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff matchup. It was a fully packed United Center in Chicago with 22,000 Bulls fans ready to see their team win another game and force a Game 7 on the road.

Entering Friday, the Celtics had won three straight against the Bulls and with Rajon Rondo not playing again for the home team - it was a tough task. Boston was looking to advance to the second round of playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Blowout victory for Brad Stevens' team

Boston controlled the game from the opening tip. They set the tone early by hitting 3 straight three-pointers on their first three possessions. The score was 30-23 for the away team after the first quarter. Boston shot a sizzling 58 percent in the first quarter while Jimmy Butler scored 10 for the Bulls in that period.

The second quarter saw Boston's lead increase to 17 points at one point (42-25) and at halftime, it was 54-41 for the Celtics. Butler carried the Bulls with 17 first half points. The third quarter was all about Boston. They outscored Chicago 34-18 in that period and held a 29-point lead (88-59) coming into the fourth quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Celtics had their biggest lead of the game (91-61) as they absolutely dominated the Bulls in this one.

They ended up winning the game in a blowout fashion 105-83. Boston finished the game with 28 assists and just nine turnovers while shooting nearly 50% from the floor.

Boston made 76 three-pointers in this series while Chicago hit 42 and they are now 5-0 all-time in playoff series against the Bulls.

Balanced scoring for the Celtics

Boston had five players finish in double-digit scoring on Friday. Avery Bradley led all scorers with 23 points. He also added five rebounds and three assists and he was one point shy of a playoff career high he set in Game 5. Gerald Green received his fourth straight start and contributed with 16 points and three assists.

Isaiah Thomas scored 12 points in addition to his five rebounds and six assists.

Jimmy Butler was the leading scorer for Chicago in this one. He scored 23 points on 9-for-17 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. The only other Bulls player to finish in double-digit scoring was Robin Lopez who scored 10 points. Dwyane Wade played just 19 minutes for the Bulls and scored 2 points.

The Celtics won the series 4-2 with four straight wins, and they advance to the second round to face the Washington Wizards. Game 1 of that series will be played on Sunday.

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