Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Another Early Exit For Clippers; Celtics Take Game 1

Another Early Exit For Clippers; Celtics Take Game 1

Thomas scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and nine more in a game-closing 15-2 over-time run that gave the host Celtics a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series, which shifts to Washington for game three on Thursday.

After leading the Boston Celtics to eliminating the Chicago Bulls in their opening-round National Basketball Association playoff series on Friday night, the All-Star point guard had to fly out to Washington state for the Saturday funeral of his late sister, Chyna, and then back to Boston to be ready for the opening tip of the Celtics-Washington Wizards series Sunday.

"The least I can do is go out there and play for her", Thomas said after scoring 53 points - the second-highest total in Celtics playoff history - to lead Boston to a 129-119 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards.

Otto Porter's 3-pointer put Washington ahead 114-112 with 32 seconds to play in regulation but Thomas was fouled by Marcin Gortat and sank two free throws with 14.4 seconds remaining to pull Boston level again.

Thomas played just a day after attending the funeral for his sister, who died in a auto accident last month outside of Tacoma, Washington. His presence, especially on defense, was a primary reason Boston outscored the Wizards 36-16 in the third quarter after falling behind by as many as 17 in the first half. "They took care of their home court the first two games".

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward during Game 7.

Thomas attended his sister's funeral on Saturday and returned to Boston early Sunday morning - just hours before the Celtics won 123-111 and the diminutive point guard lost a tooth.

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He acknowledged that while experience "is a talking point" when comparing the rosters of the two teams, "there's a lot of power in having some naivete, too".

His team's production seems to be underlining that assessment.

Following his game-high 33-point effort on Sunday, Thomas now has three 30-point games this postseason after just one in his previous 10 playoff games. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 24.4 points and 6.1 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 16.3 points and 4.1 rebounds.

"Seven days can get a little bit tough", Green said.

Intensive dental work prior to Tuesday's night's Game 2 wasn't about to slow Celtics All-Star? Washington led 45-42 when Morris' foot landed on Al Horford's and his ankle rolled significantly, forcing his exit.

On Wednesday night, Cleveland and Houston take 1-0 leads into their respective series against Toronto and San Antonio.

In an on-court interview with TNT after the game, Thomas said he continues to play because his sister would have wanted him to. The above-given lineups are projected lineups between Wizards and Celtics. Stevens made an early move to his bench in Game 1, replacing Gerald Green - who had started four straight games - with regular-season starter Amir Johnson. Smart played 31 minutes, registering six points, four assists, three steals and three blocks.

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