After Kelly Oubre Jr opened overtime with a triple for the Wizards, the Celtics went on a 6-0 run then rode a 5-0 blitz by Thomas after another Oubre basket to go up 125-119 with more than a minute left.
Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas was lisping when he delivered his post-game press conference Sunday due to a missing tooth. "He's got a swollen mouth, but they say he's doing well from a recovery standpoint", coach Brad Stevens said. "There was a point today where he was not feeling good at all. Now I'm one of them".
"We have to do a better job of knowing which ones of those guys are shooters and make them put the ball on the floor", Wizards guard John Wall, who had 20 points and dished out 16 assists in the loss, told reporters at practice.
Gordon Hayward scored 26 points and the Jazz eliminated the LA Clippers on Sunday with a 104-91 victory, closing out the first-round series 4-3 to earn the franchise's first postseason victory since 2010.
According to the TNT broadcast, this was the first playoff game ever where a player on team (Thomas) scored at least 50 while a player on the opposing team (John Wall) scored at least 40.
Interviewed on ABC after the game, he said: "Basketball, when I'm on the court, it just keeps me going".
Thomas plans to have the tooth professionally reinserted; it came back out after the team repositioned it in the first half. Zaza Pachulia scored 10 points in 14 minutes.
The Celtics star says his sister, who died in a vehicle crash two weeks ago, helped him as he scored 53 points against the Wizards.
The Wizards led 16-8 at the first timeout and expanded their advantage to 42-29 by the end of the first quarter.
Isaiah Thomas was grieving, and reeling, yet was still cracking past whatever the Washington defenders are trying to throw at him on defense.
The Washington Wizards jumped out to a big lead early in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals but quickly fell off the pace and now find themselves in an early hole in the best-of-seven series.
He's coming off 21 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in Game 1, when he recorded his second double-double of the postseason.
"I don't know (how Thomas does it)". "It definitely feels really good to go from 25 wins to where we were this year making the playoffs, winning a series". Last season, they lost to Portland after Paul and Blake Griffin went down with injuries.
Interim coach Mike Brown led the Warriors as they are missing reigning NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr, who wasn't at the arena as he deals with complications from a pair of back surgeries almost two years ago.