Surprise, surprise, another exceptional performance from Isaiah Thomas leads to the Boston Celtics’ fourth straight victory with an 113-109 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
The game started slowly for the C’s as they shot only 37% from the floor in the opening quarter while also turning the ball over four times. Jae Crowder led all scorers with 9 points but the Pistons got 6 points from Tobias Harris, Reggie Jackson, and Andre Drummond to keep the game close with Boston on top by 1.
Both teams traded shots back-and-forth as neither team was able to establish a lead. Boston took the first sizeable lead in the fourth quarter when they pulled ahead by nine, but was unable to distance themselves from the determined Pistons. Detroit went on a 12-3 run to tie the game and then Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit back to back triples to give his team a three-point cushion with four minutes remaining.
On the verge of suffering an ugly loss in a game that was easily winnable for the C’s, it was time for the “King of the Fourth” to live up to his name. Isaiah Thomas dropped 11 points in the final 2:34 minutes of the game and 24 total points in the final frame. Detroit refused to go away but after getting a solid defensive stop from Horford, Thomas knocked down four straight free throws to put the icing on the game secure the win.
Despite a miraculous 28 points and 22 rebounds from Andre Drummond, the Pistons couldn’t match the clutch performance from IT4. Detroit also shot an atrocious 11 percent from three-point range only knocking down 3 of their 27 attempts and that certainly didn’t help their case.
Thomas finished the game with 41 points and added 8 assists as well as he finishes the month of January having the fourth best month in Celtics history in terms of points per game average. Crowder turned in another solid performance to back his superstar, finishing the game with 21 points along with 8 rebounds while Horford also added a decent 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.
This is a tremendous time for the C’s to be as hot as they are with an enormous game coming up on Wednesday. The Toronto Raptors are flying into Boston to try and take the second seed back from them with the Celtics up one game. This game is extremely important for Boston on their quest to close in on the number one seeded Cleveland Cavaliers, which is visibly accomplishable at this point.