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Thomas’ Fourth Quarter Brilliance Helps Celtics Defeat Wizards

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The Boston Celtics were able to bounce back after a tough loss on Tuesday night and get a much needed 117-108 win against a tough Washington Wizards team.

Unlike the game against Toronto, this game got off to a fast start with both teams shooting extremely high percentages in the opening quarter. The Celtics were shooting above 70 percent from both the field, and from 3-point range, but a strong shooting from the Wizards left Boston with a 36-35 lead to end the quarter.

The C’s cooled down in the second and third quarters as they shot just 3-11 from 3-point range after going 8-11 to start the game. They let Washington take a lead early in the fourth quarter but Isaiah Thomas was clutch as ever in the final quarter and was able to lead the Celtics’ charge back into the game.

Isaiah Thomas, who has arguably been the best fourth quarter performer in the league this season, dropped 20 points, 2 assists and 3 rebounds in the final quarter alone. 11 of those points coming in the first 5 minutes of the quarter, IT was obviously trying to show of fro one of his best friends, boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, who was in attendance at TD garden. Thomas hit a 3-pointer to put the Celtics up 98-91 and immediately dapped up Floyd:

Thomas finished the game with 38 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists on his way to proving that he should have been Player of the Month in December over Wizards’ John Wall. Wall finished with a season low 9 points, along with 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Bradley Beal led Washington in the scoring department with 35 points, but they needed much more to match the Celtics late, clutch play.

This was a chippy game all the way through, but the most notable scuffle was between Jae Crowder and John Wall after the game:

These teams clearly don’t like each other, but the league will definitely review this scuffle and decide upon further action on either of the two players. Regardless of the chippy play, Boston was able to get a very important win after a touch loss the other night, while Isaiah Thomas continues to prove that he deserves to be the starting PG in the all-star game.

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