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

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Isaiah Thomas, with his new smile, set a new personal playoff standard with 53 points, offsetting 40 from John Wall and the Celtics beat the Wizards, 129-119, in overtime in Game 2 Tuesday night at TD Garden.

The Celtics became only the eighth team in National Basketball Association playoff history to made 15 or more 3-pointers in consecutive games, sinking 16-of-39 in their first-round series clincher against Chicago. Oubre isn't comfortable breaking down opponents off the dribble and doesn't have a low-post game but would've been better off giving up the ball quickly and cutting to the rim where Thomas had no chance of defending him if he got it back going full speed.

Averaging 28.9 points per game in the regular season for the No. 1 seed Celtics, the 28-year-old is the unquestioned leader both on and off the court for Boston.

Thomas scored a combined 29 points in the fourth quarter and over-time to rally the host Celtics past the stubborn Wizards and give Boston a 2-0 lead as the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series shifts to Washington for game three on Thursday.

It's been a rough postseason for Thomas, whose sister died on the eve of the first round.

The Game 2 victory in the Eastern Conference second-round series came on what would have been Chyna Thomas' 23rd birthday if she hadn't been killed in a vehicle crash on April 15.

According to ESPN.com, after a brief retreat to the locker room for a team doctor to re-place the tooth back in his mouth, Thomas lost it again later.

Al Horford added 15 points and 12 rebounds, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder each had 14 while Terry Rozier was a spark plug off the bench with 12 for Boston.




Boston answered with a 14-4 run early in the fourth quarter, Thomas scoring nine points in the spurt and Bradley sinking a 3-pointer with 7:09 to play to give Boston its largest lead to that point at 102-99. "So the least I could do was go out there and play for her".

Washington starter Markieff Morris played just 11 minutes before leaving with a sprained left ankle in the second quarter after landing awkwardly on Horford's foot.

John Wall didn't get going until the second half, finishing with 20 points and 14 assists in the 123-111 Boston win.

The game turned into a shootout between Wall and Thomas in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Durant added 15 points on an uncharacteristically cold shooting night at 6 for 14 and also five rebounds and five assists.

The game was only about a minute old when Morris threw Horford into the crowd under the Celtics basket. But the Celtics kept battling, despite a hip injury that kept Bradley out for part of the second half. Late in the first, Wall had to shake it off after landing on a prone Kelly Olynyk. Given all that Thomas has endured, Thomas couldn't help but smile as teammates laughed at the sight of his toothless, blood-covered grin.

Thomas and Morris got into it midway through the third, drawing double technicals. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on TNT. Utah missed its initial six shots and fell behind 9-0 before Gobert's three-point play at the 7:48 mark of the first.

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