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.
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.