Isaiah Thomas does it again as he scored a career-high 52points, including a franchise-record 29 points in the 4th quarter to help the Celtics defeat the Miami Heat 117-114.
Thomas was unbelievable tonight, making 15 of his 26 shots, including 9 of 13 3-pointers and a perfect 13 of 13 from the charity stripe. The 5-foot-9 superstar continues to prove to the world that he won’t let his size deter his success as he becomes the fifth Boston Celtics player to drop 50 on the Miami Heat, along with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Sam Jones, and Paul Pierce. He continues to rack up superlatives as he sets his career high in points, a little over a week after doing that exact thing with a 44 point performance against the Memphis Grizzlies on December 20th.
With Goran Dragic out for the Heat (back spasms), Miami had to rely on their physical game but Hassan Whiteside couldn’t deliver and closed the game with only 11 points and 8 rebounds. A 19 point game from both Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson and a 22 point night from James Johnson wasn’t enough either as they couldn’t find a way to slow down Isaiah Thomas.
Miami actually went on an 11-2 run to open the 4th quarter and took a 89-84 lead, but a couple of 3-pointers from none other then Isaiah Thomas sparked a responsive 11-0 run by the Celtics to take back the lead, 94-89. The Heat started to close in with about 2 minutes remaining but some more clutch play from Thomas got him to the foul-line to end Miami’s comeback efforts and the game.
Boston was shorthanded tonight without Avery Bradley (illness), but were able to get production from other players when they needed it as the team shot 51.4% as a whole. Al Horford posted some good numbers as well, ending the game with 21 points and 6 rebounds but numbers don’t always tell the story with Horford as he and Thomas seemingly have the pick and roll down to a science.
The C’s get to end 2016 on a high note, handing Miami their 7th consecutive road loss on a night where there was no answer for Isaiah Thomas. It’s a privilege being a Celtics fan and watching all the amazing accolades that Thomas continues to accomplish and in my opinion, (even though I don’t think it’s possible) he has to at least be in the discussion for MVP.