They only had 14 assists as a team on the night, while Boston had 33.
Al Horford had 18 points and eight rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points, and the top-seeded Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 104-87 on Friday night after dropping the first two games of their opening-round series at home.
The plan worked, as the Celtics hit 17 3-pointers and were able to switch easily defensively.
Thomas, who left Boston after Game 2 and spent time with his family in Washington State in the wake of his sister's death in a traffic accident last Saturday, rejoined the Celtics in Chicago.
"We weren't coming here hoping to get a win", Bradley said. "You cant sit around feeling bad because he's gone". Avery Bradley scored 15 points and Terry Rozier finished with 11 off the bench to round out the balanced scoring attack. Chicago only scored 15 points in that quarter, and the Celtics jumped out to a massive lead early without ever really looking back.
"It's a game of runs", Horford said. He just runs at one speed the whole game: fast. He didn't pass more often; he simply made better passes.
Thanks to the rediscovered offense, the Celtics outscored the Bulls, 32-22, in the third and took a 76-63 lead to the fourth quarter. I can't even use a fork or use my thumb right now.
The Celtics were a little lucky that Rondo is now out for the Bulls, but they were certainly the better, more desperate team in Game 3 and it showed in the final score.
"Rondo obviously has been unbelievable in the two wins we had in Boston", coach Fred Hoiberg said.
As players gushed about what Garnett's video message did to inspire the team, there was a renewed swagger about the Celtics.
As for Rajon Rondo, the Chicago Bulls point guard is ruled out for a certain amount of time.
The Celtics' lead was down to 44-43 early in the third when Thomas hit Horford for an alley-oop dunk and nailed back-to-back three-pointers. But the Celtics also kept the ball moving, which the Bulls struggled to stop defensively.
Numerous fans were actually shocked when Head Coach Brad Stevens inserted Gerald Green to the startling lineup.
"It's hard to maintain a lead in this league", Stevens said.
It was mid-morning when the Bulls revealed the news that point guard Rajon Rondo would be out indefinitely with a fractured right thumb. Thomas, who departed the locker room before reporters entered after Games 1 and 2, was smiling and talking with teammates after the victory. The injury was initially believed to be a bruise.
"Obviously, we all talk about pace", Dwyane Wade said.
Jerian Grant started the game and scored six points with one rebound.