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Emotional Isaiah Thomas says he is playing for his sister

Emotional Isaiah Thomas says he is playing for his sister Emotional Isaiah Thomas says he is playing for his sister
Rita Gibson | 16 May, 2017, 12:50

The Boston point guard lost his sister Chyna in a one-car accident on April 15, and after struggling in the opening period of the playoffs, he's becoming lively again - as he put up the second-most points by a Celtics player in a playoff game behind John Havlicek, who had 54 on April 1, 1973. Well, after the Wizards took a 110-104 lead with 2:43 remaining in the fourth quarter, the C's went on a 25-9 run over the rest of regulation and overtime.

She would have been 23.

Wall's performance saw him matching the second-most by a Washington player in playoff loss - going equal with Elvin Hayes, who also scored 40 in 1974 against NY.

John Wall led seven double-figure scorers for the Wizards with 40 points and 13 assists, but 19 of those points and six assists came in the first quarter. Gordon Hayward, harassed into 4-for-15 shooting, finished with 12 points for Utah, as did reserve Rodney Hood.

In the Western Conference, NBA season wins leader Golden State beat visiting Utah 106-94 in the opener of their second-round series.

Thomas scored a remarkable 29 points in the fourth quarter and OT, and he revealed his special motivation to do so.

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Isaiah Thomas will get most of the headlines after the Celtics' win Tuesday night, but Boston couldn't have come back from multiple double-digit deficits without some other key performances.

Team doctors jammed it back in, but Thomas spent part of Monday and Tuesday in the dentist's chair to have it repositioned. In Game 2, he wasn't the only one needing medical attention: Washington's Otto Porter Jr. left the court with blood gushing from his nose, and Celtics guard Avery Bradley needed treatment in the second half. Thomas then scored nine points in overtime to closeout the victory.

Boston now lead their Eastern Conference semi-finals 2-0, and have won six matches in a row. Thomas scored 29 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, which nearly matched the Wizards as a team, who scored 30. The Wizards and Celtics meet in Game 3 Thursday in Washington.

However, the Celtics lead by Isaiah Thomas quickly made a comeback and led briefly in the second quarter. It's impossible not to root for the older brother, whose hasn't missed a game for the Boston Celtics despite the massive grief he must be experiencing right now. Late in the first, Wall had to shake it off after landing on a prone Kelly Olynyk. Oubre's dunk brought Washington within three before Thomas essentially sealed it with his three-point play at 1:07.

Thomas spent six hours with a dentist on Monday to fix his teeth and played with a custom-made dental guard.

Thomas and Morris got into it midway through the third, drawing double technicals. Thomas appeared to be having words with someone on the Wizards bench, and Morris tried to push him away.

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