ISAIAH Thomas not only lived up to his Mr. Fourth Quarter billing as he was Mr. Everything for the Boston Celtics on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).
Thomas scored 29 of his playoff career-high 53 points in the fourth quarter and overtime period as he outdueled John Wall to lead the Boston Celtics in taking a 2-0 Eastern Conference semifinals series lead over the Washington Wizards with a 129-119 OT win at the TD Garden.
After Kelly Oubre Jr opened overtime with a triple for the Wizards, the Celtics went on a 6-0 run then rode a 5-0 blitz by Thomas after another Oubre basket to go up 125-119 with more than a minute left. Boston pulled away and sealed the win with an Al Horford bucket, a Marcus Smart steal and another Thomas basket. Wall eventually ran out of steam after a sizzling start after going scoreless in extra time.
Wall and Thomas started the duel from the get go but the Wizards got the more explosive start to lead 42-29 after the first quarter. Wall had 19 points in the period, while Thomas scored 15.
But the Boston battled back with a 30-16 blitz to take a 59-58 lead late in second before Washington closed the half strong to take a five-point edge.
A 14-3 start in the third, with Wall scoring eight in the run, got the Wizards ahead by 14 but the Celtics recovered to get within five into the fourth, 89-84.
Wizards built the lead back to 10 early in the fourth but Celtics countered with a 14-1 rally to take a three-point advantage, 102-99, with 7:05 to play in the period.
Markieff Morris, who played through a sprained ankle, then had two huge baskets and a block that swung momentum back to Washington’s favor, leading an 11-2 response to go up 110-104 with a little over three minutes to go in the quarter.
But back-to-back triples by Thomas and Terry Rozier knotted the game at 110 at the 1:38 mark. Wall split his charities before Thomas scored to regain the lead for Boston. Otto Porter Jr., however, knocked down a huge triple that gave Washington a two-point edge, 114-112, with only 32 ticks in regulation.
Thomas then tied the game at 114 with a pair of free throws off a Marcin Gortat foul, and Wall was not able to convert on a jumper at the buzzer that sent the game into overtime
Horford finished with a double-double for Boston with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder scored 14 apiece.
Wall ended up with 40 points to lead Washington, while Morris chipped in 16 markers. Marcin Gortat and Bradley Beal each had 14 points as well.
Game 3 is on Friday at Washington.