Celtics match-winner Thomas dedicates superb display to late sister

Jerry West also matched that output in the 1969 playoffs, but was also listed as a shooting guard at that time.

"What else is there to say?"

"He's finishing up the dental work that he's had", Boston coach Brad Stevens said after practice. "There was a point today where he was not feeling good at all". "Some guys can go right in and just do their thing, and others it takes a little more time before you're fully comfortable with the system and what's expected". "He not only guts it out, he ends up with 50". John Wall added 20 points and 16 assists.

Led by John Wall (40 points, 13 assists), Washington jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter for the second straight game, largely thanks to a franchise playoff-record 42 points in the first quarter. That included engaging in a lighthearted news conference before Stevens and Wizards coach Scott Brooks took to the podium for their pregame sessions.

At the start of the game, the Wizards were booming as they took a huge lead early on.


Thomas had to play Game 1 of this postseason roughly 24 hours after finding out his younger sister, Chyna, had passed away in a auto accident back in the Seattle-Tacoma area.

The Celtics knocked down 19 three-pointers in the Game 1 win over Washington.

Boston's Al Horford nabbed a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards. Markieff Morris had 16 points, Marcin Gortat totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Bradley Beal also scored 14 for the Wizards.

The Wizards extended their 67-64 halftime lead with a 14-0 run early in the third quarter, which Wall capped with a three-point play to make it 81-67 with 7:57 to go in the period.

Isaiah Thomas shook off having a tooth knocked out and the heartache of his sister's funeral to score 33 points Sunday, powering the Boston Celtics over Washington 123-111 in an National Basketball Association playoff game.


Isaiah Thomas, with one less tooth in his mouth, in the Nike Kobe A.D. It was eerily reminiscent of Sunday's Game 1 when the Wizards got off to a 14-0 lead to start the contest.

Markeif Morris, a starter and crucial part of the Wizards' team left the game with an injury at the 11-minute mark, which could have been why the Wizards blew such a commanding lead. Late in the first, Wall had to shake it off after landing on a prone Kelly Olynyk.

He set the tone with a strong first quarter, and finished the game with a slew of solid plays as well. But on Monday, the forward sounded pretty confident that he'll be good to go for Tuesday's Game 2 in Boston. Thomas appeared to be having words with someone on the Wizards bench, and Morris tried to push him away.

Midway through the third, Porter and Thomas appeared to bang heads, and Porter headed to the locker room gushing blood from the nose.

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.


On what would have been his sister Chyna's 23rd birthday, Isaiah Thomas scored 53 points and willed the Celtics to an overtime victory.


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