Thomas scores 53 to power Celtics over Wizards


Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics Live Stream: The Eastern Conference team Wizards are lost their first game of the semifinals series against to Celtics.

The All-Star led the Celtics to a first-round win over Chicago in a haze after learning the day before the series began that his younger sister, Chyna Thomas, had died in a vehicle accident outside of his native Tacoma, Washington. Washington hasn't won a playoff series in which it was down 0-2 since winning four straight against Chicago in the first round of the 2004-05 playoffs.

After a high-scoring first half, which saw Washington going into the break with a 67-64 lead, the visitors used a 14-0 run to help extend their advantage to 81-67 with 7:57 to go in the third quarter.

The Wizards point guard tallied 19 points and six assists in the first quarter while Thomas scored 15.

Markieff Morris had 16 points, Marcin Gortat totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds and Bradley Beal also scored 14.

Not only were Thomas' 53 points a personal best, but they were the second-most points a Celtics player ever scored in a playoff game behind John Havlicek's 54 on April 1, 1973.

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas dedicated his stunning, match-winning performance against the Washington Wizards to his late sister Chyna, who was tragically killed in a vehicle accident last month and would have turned 23 on Tuesday.

John Wall led the Wizards with 40 points, two shy of his career playoff best - and dished out 13 assists, as all five starters for the Wizards scored in double figures.

Al Horford scored 15 points with 12 rebounds for Boston, and Bradley and Jae Crowder scored 14 apiece.

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Game 3 is in Washington on Thursday.

The Wizards, who led 42-29 after the first period, became the first team since the National Basketball Association introduced a shot clock in 1954 to lose the first two games of a playoff series after leading each by 10 or more points at the end of the first quarter.

It was also a career best in a playoff game for Thomas despite a rough post-season after his sister was killed in a auto crash on the eve of the first round.

"Wait and see as the series goes on", Stevens said about the possibility of starting Smart on Tuesday in Game 2. It's going to be hard for any team to win two games in a row in this series. Late in the first, Wall had to shake it off after landing on a prone Kelly Olynyk.

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.

Midway through the third, Porter and Thomas appeared to bang heads, and Porter headed to the locker room gushing blood from the nose. He got his first shot attempt with under 6 minutes left in the half, and Wall back on the floor.

Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks stated the obvious at his team's practice on Monday.

The rest of the 4th quarter and overtime belonged to Isaiah Thomas, who had 29 points in the 4th quarter and OT. So was actor David Spade.