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    Isaiah Thomas torches Heat for career-high 52 as Boston deals Miami fourth straight loss

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    Dec 31, 2016
    Isaiah Thomas scored 29 of his career-high 52 points in the fourth quarter. AP

    ISAIAH Thomas exploded in the fourth quarter to drop a career-high 52 points as the Boston Celtics outlasted the Miami Heat, 117-114, at the TD Garden on Friday (Saturday, Manila time)

    Thomas scored a team-record 29 points and made six of his nine three-pointers in the fourth to help Boston weather a tough stand from Miami in a closely contested battle down the stretch.

    Trailing 89-84 early in the fourth, Thomas sank three straight triples to spark an 11-0 run to take a six-point lead 95-89 with 6:43 to play. Miami rallied back to tie the game at 104 but Thomas scored Boston’s seven straight points, including a back-breaking trey with 37 ticks to go to put the Celtics up 111-106.

    Boston sank some crucial free throws in the dying seconds to keep Miami at bay and bounce back strong after a tough loss to Cleveland. The Celtics have won all three games against the Heat so far this season.

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    Al Horford was the only other Celtics player in double figures with 21 points. Jae Crowder and Horford, though, each had three triples to help Boston improve to 20-14.

    James Johnson led the Heat with 22 points, while Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson scored 19 apiece. Miami, though, lost its fourth straight game and fell to 10-24.

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    Isaiah Thomas scored 29 of his career-high 52 points in the fourth quarter. AP
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