Thomas is only the 17th player in National Basketball Association history to score 20 or more points in 40 consecutive games in one season, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Celtics are 11-1 SU over their last 12 games, bringing their record to 37-19 SU and 30-25-1 ATS on the year.
However, the baseline referee called a foul on Smart, believing he hit Butler on the arm. Bobby Portis also went on to play his best offensive half of basketball all season, scoring 13 points off the bench on a very efficient 5-8 shooting (although he did travel twice). After a legitimately insane turn of events down the stretch (we'll get to it), Chicago pulled out the win going into.
Doug McDermott led the Bulls with 20 points on 61.5 percent shooting (8-for-13) in Tuesday's win against the Raptors.
Jimmy Butler and Jerian Grant came out for the second half hot from three, giving the Bulls back the lead about four minutes into the third quarter.
The Celtics were pounded on the offensive glass in the third quarter as the Bulls caught fire and took a 75-68 lead midway through the period. They led by six when the Sixers scored the last six points of the quarter and the game was tied at 29.
The Bulls are allowing an average of 9.4 more points per game to their opponents in February (111.0) than in the previous months (101.6) this season, which is the largest increase in the National Basketball Association.
Trailing by just one with seconds left, the Bulls ran an iso for Jimmy Butler. Butler has made at least 10 free-throws in 20 games this season, the third most in the NBA (James Harden - 28, Russell Westbrook - 23).
Butler tried to be the hero with a falling off-target fadeaway jumper, Marcus Smart maybe nearly grazed his elbow with his fingers, and the refs called the foul, incensing everyone on the Celtics (for good reason). TV replays showed Smart didn't make contact. He passed Celtics legend John Havlicek for the most consecutive games with 20 or more points in team history as a result. Three other Celtics joined Thomas in double figures, led by Kelly Olynyk with 17 points off the bench. Boston enters on a roll away from home as well, with three straight road wins and a 4-1 SU and ATS record in its last five road games.