Isaiah Thomas says ref 'made a frightful call,' robbed Celtics of win

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Butler led the Bulls, winners of two straight games to improve their mark to 28-29, with 29 points.

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.

Chicago's defense will be tested again against the Eastern Conference's third highest-scoring offense, as the Celtics average 108.3 points per game.

The Celtics went into the half with a 58-52 lead, but it was all gone by the end of the third quarter.

Butler was touched on the right elbow by Marcus Smart on a turnaround jumper as the horn sounded, drawing a foul. The two free throws were the difference in Chicago's 104-103 win at the United Center.

"I think we are in a good spot", said McConnell, whose team has become competitive. "We ran it the way we were supposed to".

A report from Chicago Sun Times stated that Butler was talking to Anthony, and this talk is possibly a "recruiting call". After initially thinking they had won the game, the Celtics players on the court could not believe the call.

With less than a minute to play, Gerald Henderson was issued double technicals and subsequently ejected. And the competition he did it against couldn't have been a more hard matchup.

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Thomas, who has failed to score at least 20 in all but one game he's played in this season, scored seven straight points for his team after the Celtics blew an eight-point fourth-quarter lead.

Isaiah Thomas: You know you are ballin' when you can drop 33 points, and it not be that big a deal. Fred Hoiberg countered with bringing back Butler, who drew the arduous assignment of guarding Thomas down the stretch. "He just kind of keeps going".

"When Jimmy shot the ball I heard him scream, 'No foul?'", Smart proceeded to say. "That's horrible.the Bulls were even shocked".

Philadelphia's T.J. McConnell, who had 12 points and eight assists, said of Thomas: "He can just score from anywhere".

Smart defended Butler and did a good job contesting the shot. The Celtics have made 10-plus 3s in 15 consecutive games. It was tough. A lot of games on the road there, a tough travel schedule.

Covington left the game in the fourth quarter after hitting his head near the Boston bench diving for a loose ball. Replays seemed to show that Smart made minimal contact with Butler's elbow, though the Bulls star was adamant that it was enough to warrant a whistle.

And with the game on the line Butler made his free throws look anything but pressure-filled.

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