Friday NBA Roundup: Isaiah Thomas Making Case as the Only Superstar Celtics Need

December 31st, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

It was the Boston Celtics' biggest game of the 2016-17 NBA season to date, and Isaiah Thomas was nowhere to be found down the stretch—and not because he was the shortest player out there.

Granted, Thomas was on the court at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday to close out Boston's 124-118 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But for all intents and purposes, his four points, two assists and one attempt from the field during the final quarter were far from the norm for a guy whose fourth-quarter scoring is second only to Russell Westbrook's.

Thomas, though, would not be denied a second time in as many nights. With the TD Garden crowd behind him, Boston's diminutive All-Star erupted for 26 points in the final frame en route to a career-high 52 points and a 117-114 C's win over the Miami Heat on Friday.

"In the fourth quarter, it felt like I was out there by myself," Thomas said, per the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.

The Celtics needed every ounce of Thomas' heroics to outlast a Heat team operating without an injured Goran Dragic. With 7:14 left in the fourth, the Washington product dropped his first of three s ...

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