The Boston Celtics came into game four with one mindset: tie the series. Coming off of a game three win Friday night, they needed to steal the second game in Chicago to avoid falling into the dreaded 3-1 deficit. isaiah thomas has been dealing with a lot the past week, with the death of his sister Chyna Thomas. He played in game three and played well. In game four he found his groove again, showing people why he is one of the best scorers in the NBA. He led the Celtics in scoring and gave the Bulls everything they could handle. The Bulls made a few runs to get back in the game, but the Celtics fended off the raging Bulls, winning the game 104-95.

Hot start

The Celtics started off the game scoring early and often. They outscored the Bulls 30-18 in the first frame, getting some big threes from their role players. Their defense added to their great start, making the Bulls take tough shots and make costly turnovers. Gerald Green got the start for the Celtics and made an impact from the tip. He shot the ball well, including a couple threes to increase their first quarter lead.

Isaiah Thomas played well the entire game for Boston. He finished the game with 33 points, 7 assist, and 4 boards. Thomas wasn't himself the first three games of the series, as he was dealing with the death of his sister and had to fly out to the funeral last Friday. Thomas seemed like a weight was lifted off of his shoulders, playing free and even getting involved in some smack talk with Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams.

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He also was the source of a critical run in the third quarter when Boston lost the lead temporarily. Isaiah Thomas played big when it counted and has now made this series a best of three.

Chicago blues

The Bulls didn't play well in game four, shooting the ball poorly. The team shot 42 percent from the field and an even more disappointing 20 percent from three point territory. Jimmy Butler tried to keep the Bulls in the game, making a bunch of free throws. He finished the game with 33 points. D-Wade didn't have a good game, finishing with 11 points and shooting 5-12 from the field. Chicago fell behind early and despite briefly taking the lead in the third quarter, they couldn't find the offense to keep up with the hot Celtics. In game five, they will need to play better and find the offense that got them up 2-0 after the first two games of the series.

Home court disadvantage?

The Bulls won the first two games of this series in Boston at the Garden led by now-injured guard Rajon Rondo.

When the series shifted to Chicago, the Bulls failed to win at home, giving Boston new life in this series. Both teams didn't play their best ball while in front of the home fans, and Chicago could've really benefitted from winning at least one game at home. Now, they go back to Boston for game five, hoping to use the same recipe that helped them win the first two games.

Game five will be critical, as both teams look to be in a position to clinch the series in game six. The Bulls will need to figure out how to win without Rondo, as they haven't won since he went down with an injury. The Celtics will try to continue this hot streak led by Isaiah Thomas. Game 5 can be seen on Wednesday on TNT.