Isaiah Thomas, all 5-9 of him, had one of the best performances in Boston Celtics history when he exploded for 52 points against the Miami Heat on Friday.
The 60th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft was absolutely unguardable, and it was one of the greatest games ever by a sub-six-foot player in the history of the league. Not only did he finish with 52 points, but he did so on 15-of-26 shooting which included 9-of-13 from three, and he capped it off by making all 13 of his free throws.
He became just the fifth Celtic since 1963 to record a 50-point game, and 29 fourth quarter points were the driving force. The Heat defenders had an exceptionally tough time keeping him out of the paint, and it didn’t help that they needed to press him out beyond the three-point line because he was nailing shots from where ever.
Late in the contest, when IT kept making his was to the foul line, the TD Garden crowd unleashed their MVP chants, and Thomas had one of his childhood dreams come true.
“It’s unbelievable,” Thomas said to Amanda Pflugrad. “It’s a blessing from God. As a little boy, I dreamed of being in an NBA arena and the fans chanting MVP, let alone being on the Celtics. All the great players who did it before me, it says a lot.”
As if the stats weren’t impressive enough, Thomas had his Mamba Mentality fully engaged and didn’t register a single assist en route to his career night.
With a clip of 27.7 points per game, Thomas is now the league’s fifth-leading scorer, and his case for returning to the All-Star game got made more legitimate.
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