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Boston, MA (SportsNetwork. Kendall Wright Vikings Jersey .com) - Jimmy Butler made four key free throws down the stretch to lift the Chicago Bulls over the Boston Celtics, 109-102, on Friday. Butler ended with 22 points for the Bulls, who improved to 3-3 on their seven- game road trip. Derrick Rose, who exited Tuesdays game against Denver with a hamstring injury, had 21 points. When he plays like that, its huge for our team, Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said of Rose. When you look at his plus-minus when hes on the floor for our team this year, its off the charts. When hes on the floor it makes a big difference for our team. I think we all know that. Joakim Noah tallied 15 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and six blocks in his return to the lineup. He missed Tuesdays game due to eye and knee issues. Jared Sullinger ended with 23 points and 10 boards for the Celtics, who have lost three in a row. Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass added 18 and 16 points, respectively, with Bass also pulling down nine rebounds. The Bulls started the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 96-93 lead, and it remained close the rest of the way. Sullingers three-point play and Jeff Greens layup gave Boston a 102-100 edge with 2:29 to play. The key call in the game came one minute later when Sullinger was called for an offensive charge. Butler made two free throws at the other end to tie things up. After having his shot blocked by Noah, Rajon Rondo was fouled by Rose. Rondo missed the ensuing free throws and Sullinger was off the mark from 3-point range. Butler made two more free throws at the opposite end to give Chicago a 104-102 lead with 50.4 seconds remaining. Its very frustrating, in particular this game. If I make my free throws I think we win the game, Rondo said. Noah blocked Evan Turners layup, then made a jumper to seal the victory. Boston led 35-24 after 12 minutes of action and took a 60-54 edge into the locker room. Each team scored 31 points in the third quarter that ended with the Celtics holding a 91-85 margin. Game Notes Boston guard Marcus Smart missed his eighth straight game with an ankle injury ... Aaron Brooks had 15 points for Chicago ... The Bulls play at Brooklyn on Sunday, while the Celtics welcome San Antonio to town on Sunday. Kendall Wright Jersey . The 22-year-old slugger, who is no stranger to adversity, made up for it at the end. Daniel Carlson Jersey .com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder will try to get back on track Monday night when they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to Chesapeake Energy Arena. . - John Elways philosophy is to address immediate needs in free agency, even though some of his own veterans may prove too pricey to keep around.TORONTO - After Tuesdays game, one of the ugliest in recent memory, came to a merciful end, DeMar DeRozan could feel the pain of his teams wounded opponents. The Raptors guard recalled a Decembers night in Dallas almost four years ago. It was eerily similar to the unenviable situation the Thunder found themselves in at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday. In the second game of a back-to-back, having lost in Memphis the day before, Toronto dressed just eight players against the hosting Mavericks on Dec. 28, 2010. It was also a Tuesday night. Without nearly half their roster, including the injured Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon, the Raptors stunned the Mavs, who - to be fair - were missing Dirk Nowitzki. We had [eight] dudes and Julian Wright was our point guard, DeRozan said. I remember that. So, yeah, I know how it feels on their side. The Mavs? Well, that was just their sixth loss in 30 games to begin the season. Dont worry about them, though. They would be just fine. They went on to win the championship that year, with Dwane Casey behind the bench as an assistant coach. Despite a misleading final score, this Raptors team narrowly escaped what would have been a similarly embarrassing defeat. Down in numbers and in star power, the Oklahoma City Thunder - or whatever was left of them - came in with eight active bodies, also playing in the second night of a back-to-back. They left with seven, and that might be generous. Still, for roughly three quarters of what both sides called an ugly affair, they had Toronto running in quicksand. Thats not going to get it done, said Casey following a shaky defensive effort in his teams 100-88 victory. Ive told them until my eyes turn red. Theyve had that speech a lot and until it sinks in, its going to be a roller coaster. Until we decide collectively to do it, its going to be the same old song over and over again. Coming off their first defeat of the campaign, Caseys club vowed to get off to a quicker start against a hurting, albeit scrappy opponent. Instead, the Thunder hit eight of their nine attempts and shot 71 per cent in a 30-point first quarter. It wasnt until late in the third, early in the fourth quarter that the home team turned up the heat, or - just as likely - Oklahoma City ran out of gas. Any positives to take from the night? No, I dont think so, Kyle Lowry responded. A win, said DeRozan, his teams leading scorer with 16. Thats about it. A win. Honestly. They hit a lot of open shots. We let them shoot a high percentage in the first half and we had to fight back and get in. Weve just got to learn from it. We cant keep digging ourselves a hole and expect to fight back and everything to fall in our hands. So thats one thing we definitely have to take from it. It was the second straight game in which the Raptors gave up 30 or more points in the opening frame, doing so in a losing effort to the Heat on Sunday. Toronto needed a 27-18 fourth-quarter run to put the game away. It should have been easier. It should be [that] you want to play, Casey said. You want to run em, keep the tempo up, not let a zone they put in last week slow you down and go in and attack and play and have fun. The Thunder, now 1-4 on the year, were missing half their team comingg in, most notably the NBAs reigning MVP Kevin Durant (right foot Jones fracture) and All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook (metacarpal fracture on right hand), both out for the foreseeable future. Sheldon Richardson Vikings Jersey. Early in the third quarter they lost leading scorer Perry Jones to a knee injury, lowering their count of warm bodies to seven. Moments later starting point guard Reggie Jackson took himself out of the game with what appeared to be a leg ailment - he was also favouring his right hand earlier in the game. Although Jackson would return, Sebastian Telfair took his place on the bench after getting ejected for a flagrant foul in the fourth. Serge Ibaka, 11-for-14 with 25 points on the night, played most of the final quarter with five fouls. The injury bug found Toronto too. Must be contagious. Jonas Valanciunas was taken to the locker room late in the first half after Telfair inadvertently hit him in the nose. It was the centres second visit of the night - he had X-rays on a banged up right hand earlier. Already missing Amir Johnson, out for the second straight game with a sore left ankle, the Raptors had to navigate through the second half without either of their starting bigs. You find a way to win, thats the bottom line, said Casey, who warned against the undermanned Thunder after morning shoot-around. Those are the most dangerous games. You look back in March and April and say, how did we drop that one? You have to take care of those games. OKC has been dealt a bad hand to begin the campaign. The bigger they are, they harder they fall. The Thunder have been at the top of the NBA for so long its reasonable to forget that they - like the Raptors, or any team for that matter - started from nothing. Since going 23-59 (.280) in 2008-09, their first season in Oklahoma City, they own a record of 271-123 (.688), qualifying for the Western Conference Semifinals in four of five years, Conference Finals in three. In that time, the remarkably durable Durant missed just six games. Up until last season, Russell Westbrook had a perfect attendance record. As a team, they lost just 29 man-games to injury in 2012-13, their 60-win campaign. By Tuesday night, they had already lost 32 in just five contests to begin the new season. And that number should balloon in a hurry. There are a lot of challenges when you only have eight players but its a challenge we have embraced, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said before the game. There are no other options. You either step up to the challenge or go home and we have always had a mentality that you compete for one another, make no excuses while youre doing it. Its not the ideal situation but its the situation we are in right now. I feel for them, but thats part of the NBA, said Casey. Next man up. Its just like us with Amir [Johnson]. Next man up. Its an opportunity. You hate to see a teammate go down but its an opportunity for the next guy to step in and play. Injuries are part of the NBA. Injuries like they have are unusual but thats why you have that many players. Johnson will not make the trip to Boston, thus missing Wednesdays game, his third straight. Scans on Valanciunas nose came back clean. Hell accompany the team and is considered questionable against the Celtics. Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China China NFL Gear Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys Stitched NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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