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Thomas scores 53, Celtics beat Wizards 129-119 in OT

Thomas scores 53, Celtics beat Wizards 129-119 in OT

The Celtics spotted the Wizards to a 16-0 lead before pushing the "Start" button and rolling to a 123-111 victory over Washington in Game 1 of their second-round series. "I made a decision to play and I just tried to give it all for my team". The home team has now won and covered the spread in all five meetings between these two this season.

Thomas attended his sister Chyna's funeral Saturday after she died in a vehicle accident and has also had to overcome having had a tooth knocked out in a game-one victory Sunday.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, Thomas became the second player 6-feet or shorter to score over 50 points.

"When I found out the news, I wanted to give up and quit". He was winning the game for the Celtics, and Washington couldn't dream of stopping him.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Thursday night back at Oracle Arena, where it was a night of nostalgia as Golden State honored its 2007 "We Believe" team that ended a 13-year playoff drought and stunned Dallas in the first round.

"He was not feeling good and was having a tough day", Stevens said after the game. He had 12 points in Game 2, including a game-tying 3-pointer with less than two minutes to play. I've always had team-mates that I've always clowned them about the tooth being out and now I'm one of them. "We were a little beat up".

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Boston is favored in Game 2, as the Celtics are getting odds of -5.5 points against the Wizards.




The point guard is the only Celtics player to have a 50-point game in both the regular season and the playoffs during the same season.

Thomas showed up yesterday - after returning to the hospital for extra work - with a swollen mouth and a specially designed mouth guard, which he immediately tested when his face hit the floor early in the first half.

On what would have been his sister Chyna's 23rd birthday, Isaiah Thomas scored 53 points and willed the Celtics to an overtime victory. Thomas lost the tooth colliding with Washington's Otto Porter Jr. Wizards F Markieff Morris started after leaving the series opener in the second quarter with a left ankle sprain.

Brooks said he will not have backup center Ian Mahinmi (calf) back until at least Friday's Game 3 and indicated fellow big man Jason Smith, who played only nine minutes in Game 1 and has also been dealing with a calf problem, would get more minutes in Game 2. In typical Smart fashion, his energy and versatility were key to Boston taking control of the game. With 7:08 remaining, Thomas fouled Bojan Bogdanovic while he made a 3-pointer and - while he initially questioned the whistle - he soon went to the bench.

The Clippers, whose only lead was one point minutes into the game, shot 44 percent, and were outscored 56-46 in the paint and 12-9 on fast-break points.

This time Wall hit the front of the rim from downtown, and Thomas drove on three defenders with a layup that crawled over the rim for a 122-117 lead.

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