Thomas scores 53 to power Celtics over Wizards

  • Thomas scores 53 to power Celtics over Wizards

Thomas scores 53 to power Celtics over Wizards

The Washington Wizards, down 1-0, meet the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of their best-of-seven, NBA Eastern Conference playoff series at TD Garden on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (5/2/17).

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas was lisping when he delivered his post-game press conference Sunday due to a missing tooth. Terry Rozier had a career playoff high with 12 points.

- The Celtics' postgame notes sure had a lot of Thomas' stats.

Thomas played a team-high 44:33 and scored 53 points, including 24 in the second half and nine in the extra session.

Horford added a driving hook and Thomas made a pull-up jumper to cap the win.

But they caught up in the second quarter, stayed close and then exploded in a 36-point third quarter to lead by 15 before holding off a Washington charge.

His heroics came a day after attending his sister's funeral and despite having a left front tooth knocked out of his mouth in the first quarter when struck by an elbow from Washington's Otto Porter. Comparing one player's stats to an entire team is always impressive when they are almost identical. The first ball of the game will tip off at 08:00 pm ET. Stephen Curry top-scored for the 2015 Champions, hitting 22 points in the win. Boston led by 15 by the end of the third.

Three-point shooting was the difference maker in this contest with the Celtics red-hot from beyond the arc. Washington opened Game 1 on a 16-0 run. There is an injury cloud over Markieff Morris who did not return after leaving in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle, but I like the Wizards with the points if he is available.

The Celtics started Gerald Green, who'd seized a forward role in their previous series with the Chicago Bulls after Amir Johnson proved to be a major liability.

Thomas missed practice Monday while undergoing oral surgery, and Stevens said he believes the All-Star had to undergo more work before Tuesday's game, in part because the damage was more than just the lost tooth. He wore a custom mouth guard Tuesday. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Instead, it was Thomas' own offensive heroics that made the difference, as the Celtics claimed a 2-0 lead in this second-round playoff series. It's unfortunate for our city. "We locked in even more".

To even be playing under these circumstances was impressive, but the fact that Thomas is somehow even stepping up his play is nearly unbelievable.

In Los Angeles, Gordon Hayward scored 26 points and the Utah Jazz eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers with a 104-91 victory, closing out the first-round series 4-3 to earn the franchise's first postseason victory since 2010.