Thomas scores 53, Celtics beat Wizards 129-119 in OT
14:41, May 7, 2017
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The Celtics Avery Bradley suffered a right hip pointer after bumping into the Wizards Otto Porter Tuesday night in Boston. Still, he never considered not playing Tuesday night.
According the National Basketball Association stats, Isaiah Thomas' 53 points is the most in the playoffs since Allen Iverson in 2003. At one point with 1:07 left Thomas hit a jumper from the free-throw line that had him falling over. He tallied six fewer assists than Wall, but entirely outshined Washington's floor general during crunch time. The Wizards went on a 10-0 run and re-gained a double-digit edge, something they held until an 18-8 run from Boston gave them the lead with seven minutes to play.
The two teams split the regular season series 2-2 and the games were played with a heightened sense of rivalry.
- Thomas didn't really even use this Horford screen, he just dribbled near it and threw up a floater.
Early the second half the Wizards went on a 14-0 run in what appeared like the Washington had control of the game.
Thomas' 53-point haul is the most points scored by any player in this year's Playoffs, beating Russell Westbrook's 51-point performance against Houston in the opening round. "He's got a swollen mouth, but they say he's doing well from a recovery standpoint", coach Brad Stevens said.
Isaiah Thomas trium-phantly leaves the court after becoming the. He tugged on his emotional pain for motivation.
Thomas is playing some of the best basketball of his NBA career just weeks after the tragic death of his younger sister, Chyna, who died in a vehicle accident on April 15.
The special part about Thomas' epic 53-point game is that it came on what would have been sister Chyna's 23rd birthday.
She would have been 23. After the game, Thomas said the least he can do is go out and play for her.
Thomas is now just the fourth player in Celtics history to score 50 or more points in a playoff game. I don't know if I've seen him guard a guy of (Bradley) Beal's caliber the way he guarded him.
One game after the Wizards scored the first 16 points of the game only to fall behind by 15 in the third, they erupted for 42 points in the first quarter and opened a 13-point lead.
Thomas said: "We know it's not going to be, I guess, peaches and cream all the time". Only John Havlicek (54 in 1973) scored more in a Celtics playoff game. Oubre's dunk brought Washington within three before Thomas essentially sealed it with his three-point play at 1:07.
And despite leading 87-75 with 4 minutes left, Washington led by only 5 going into the fourth quarter.
"I'm playing tomorrow. That's final", Morris told reporters, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. John Wall added an additional 20 along with 16 assists. He finds big shots, he loses players on switches, he creates looks where there are none, and in the end, he makes the shots.
The Celtics star says his sister, who died in a auto crash two weeks ago, helped him as he scored 53 points against the Wizards.
Wizards Face Celtics in Eastern Semi Final Game 2 / Into boxing as well? "So he had some other issues there", Stevens said.
At this point? Nothing. That's taking nothing away from their accomplishments, which have been possible because Thomas has so bravely overcome his emotional obstacles. All one can do is sit back and watch, and wait for his next epic exhibit to unfold.
But Thomas quickly erased the Bulls' only lead at 65-63 by scoring 10 in a 12-0 run and assisting Al Horford on the other hoop. We've just got to play for one another and play for the moment at hand, which is the playoffs, and have fun with it.
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With that group on the floor, the Cavaliers shot 62 percent from the floor and outscored the Pacers 35-23 in the fourth quarter. He hit 1 of 2 free throws to seal the game and finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks.
That's roughly 4,200 miles in the air in little more than 24 hours. "It's tough, but it's the playoffs so there are no excuses". Attacking Isaiah Thomas was one of the commons themes, as the Wizards raced out to their enormous first quarter lead.
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