The Boston Celtics got a sniff of a miraculous comeback during Game 1. In the end, however, they dug themselves too big of a hole during crunch time.
Chicago used a 6-0 run late in the game to turn a one-possession game into a comfortable nine-point advantage with only 78 seconds remaining on the clock. Dwyane Wade, an old nemesis of Boston, played a key role in the run.
Wade got it started with 3:08 left in the game when he canned an 18-foot jumper over Al Horford from just outside the left elbow. Neither team scored for the next minute-plus, as they combined to shoot 0-for-3 from the field and commit three turnovers, but Robin Lopez got himself to the free-throw line to extend Chicago’s lead.
Lopez, who had been a menace on the offensive glass all night with a total of eight offensive rebounds, fought for position on a Jimmy Butler missed jumper and was fouled by Horford in the process. He toed the line with 1:41 remaining in the contest and calmly drilled two free throws to give the Bulls a 99-92 advantage.
Wade then found Bobby Portis, who led all reserves with 19 points in the game, for an open jumper 23 seconds later. Portis drained his shot from just outside the right elbow.
Boston did make a run, somehow pulling to within two points with 7.5 seconds left, but Jimmy Butler put the game on ice with two free throws with 3.3 seconds left. Those free throws provided Chicago with a 106-102 lead that held true to the final buzzer.