Celtics continue resurgence with third straight win over Bulls to close in on conference semis
Boston’s Isaiah Thomas is averaging 25.2 points in the first round against Chicago. AP

THE Celtics made it three straight wins after dropping the first two games against the Chicago Bulls in their first round playoffs series, scoring a 108-97 win in Game Five on Wednesday in Boston (Thursday, Manila time).

Isaiah Thomas scored 24 on 6 of 17 shooting, while Avery Bradley went 11 for 19 and also wound up with 24 points.

Al Horford had 21 points and was an assist short of a double-double as the Celtics moved ahead in the best-of-seven series.

Game Six is on Friday in Chicago.

Dwyane Wade came up huge for the Bulls with 26 points on 7 of 18 shooting and had 11 rebounds and eight assists in 35 minutes of action.

Jimmy Butler went 6 for 15 and wound up with 14 points, which was matched by Robin Lopez by making 6 of 7 field goal attempts.

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