NBA playoffs: Celtics vs. Bulls Game 3

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CHICAGO — Al Horford had 18 points and eight rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points, and the top-seeded Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 104-87 on Friday night after dropping the first two games of their opening-round series at home.

The Celtics pulled away after a 20-point lead shrunk to one early in the third quarter and put themselves in position to tie a series that was in danger of slipping away from them. Game 4 is Sunday in Chicago.

Dwyane Wade scored 18 for Chicago. Jimmy Butler had 14 points on 7-of-21 shooting, and the offense simply didn't click the way it had been, with Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with a broken right thumb.

Thomas, grieving the death of his sister in a car accident last week, rejoined the team after spending time with his family in Tacoma, Washington. He scored eight points in the third quarter, helping the Celtics regain control.

With a cast on his right thumb, Chicago
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With a cast on his right thumb, Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo, center, sits on the bench during Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Chicago.

The Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler (21) shoots over
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The Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler (21) shoots over the Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) in the first half of Game 3 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the United Center in Chicago on Friday, April 21, 2017.

The Chicago Bulls' Paul Zipser (16) celebrates a
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The Chicago Bulls' Paul Zipser (16) celebrates a 3-point basket as the Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart reacts in the first half of Game 3 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the United Center in Chicago on Friday, April 21, 2017.

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The Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (3) and Chicago
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The Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (3) and Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (8) run the floor in the first half against the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the United Center in Chicago on Friday, April 21, 2017.

With a cast on his right thumb, Chicago
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With a cast on his right thumb, Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo, center sits on the bench during the first quarter in Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017.

The Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo, in street clothes
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The Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo, in street clothes with a fractured thumb, greets teammates before the start of action against the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the United Center in Chicago on Friday, April 21, 2017.

The Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over
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The Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over the Boston Celtics' Gerald Green (30) in the first half of Game 3 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the United Center in Chicago on Friday, April 21, 2017.

The Chicago Bulls' Michael Carter-Williams (7) passes as
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The Chicago Bulls' Michael Carter-Williams (7) passes as the Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier (12) defends in the first half of Game 3 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the United Center in Chicago on Friday, April 21, 2017.

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The Chicago Bulls' Bobby Portis (5) gets to
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The Chicago Bulls' Bobby Portis (5) gets to the rim against the Boston Celtics in the first half of Game 3 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the United Center in Chicago on Friday, April 21, 2017.

The Chicago Bulls' Robin Lopez, left, shoots against
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The Chicago Bulls' Robin Lopez, left, shoots against the Boston Celtics' Jonas Jerebko (8) and Avery Bradley (0) in the first half of Game 3 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the United Center in Chicago on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Chicago Bulls' Jerian Grant, right, loses the ball
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Chicago Bulls' Jerian Grant, right, loses the ball out of bounds as Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley defends during the second half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017.

Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics encourages
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Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics encourages his teammates against the Chicago Bulls during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 21, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (3) and Boston Celtics'
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Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (3) and Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier battle for a loose ball during the first quarter of Game 3 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017.

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Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler, center, drives to the
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Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler, center, drives to the basket past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley, left, and Al Horford during the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017.

Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Boston
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Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Boston Celtics' Al Horford during the first quarter of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017.

Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls drives
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Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls drives between Avery Bradley #0 and Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 21, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Chicago Bulls drives
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Dwyane Wade #3 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 21, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Robin Lopez #8 of the Chicago Bulls moves
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Robin Lopez #8 of the Chicago Bulls moves against Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 21, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo, left, with his right
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Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo, left, with his right thumb in a cast, talks with Nikola Mirotic before Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Chicago.

Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (3) and Boston Celtics'
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Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (3) and Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier vie for a loose ball during the first quarter of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017.

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