Thomas scores 53, Celtics beat Wizards 129-119 in OT

Boston’s Isaiah Thomas left defends against Washington’s John Wall during the first quarter of a second-round NBA playoff game on April 30 in Boston

The Celtics spotted the Wizards to a 16-0 lead before pushing the "Start" button and rolling to a 123-111 victory over Washington in Game 1 of their second-round series. "No excuses. I made a decision to play and I just tried to give it all I got for my team, and we came out with the win". Comparing one player's stats to an entire team is always impressive when they are almost identical.

"We gave up 19 threes, on the road", said Wizards guard Bradley Beal.

Thomas' previous career playoff high was 42 points against the Atlanta Hawks in last year's first round.

To even be playing under these circumstances was impressive, but the fact that Thomas is somehow even stepping up his play is nearly unbelievable. "I wanted to win for her".

The Warriors sure did theirs, using that up-tempo, pass-happy style to run right by the Jazz in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The Wizards shot almost 51 percent in that game but only connected for 10-of-23 triples, nine fewer long balls than the Celtics made, which obviously proved to be a difference.

"We just got to do a better job of making things hard for these guys". Bradley sustained a hip pointer in a collision with 1:11 to play in the first half.

The WIzrds were in one of the tougher first round match-ups and they did well to dispatch in six games and not allow the series to go seven.

But what was most impressive about "The Little Guy's" monster offensive outburst was that the best parts of it came in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Thomas played a game to remember as he scored 53 points while leading Boston to a 129-119 overtime win. He is the fifth player in the history of the NBA's most-decorated franchise to score 50 or more points in a postseason game, missing John Havlicek's team record by one point. He missed the middle two games against Portland because of a strained left calf then returned for 20 minutes in Game 4. He lost a tooth in a collision with Otto Porter's elbow in Game 1.

For about five minutes, Celtics fans wondered whether Game 1 against the Washington Wizards would be a replay of that earlier, awful Game 1 against Chicago.

George Hill and Derrick Favors contributed 17 points apiece as the Jazz advanced to the second round, where they will meet the Golden State Warriors.

Washington starter Markieff Morris played just 11 minutes before leaving with a sprained left ankle in the second quarter.

Boston has won five straight playoff games since dropping the opening two games to Chicago. Jamal Crawford added 20 points off the bench. It didn't seem to faze him much as he had a phenomenal performance finishing with nine assists to go along with his 33 points.

Anthony Rendon had 10 RBIs, three home runs and six hits as the Washington Nationals took advantage of Noah Syndergaard's injury and mauled the New York Mets 23-5 Sunday.

The Clippers, whose only lead was one point minutes into the game, shot 44 percent, and were outscored 56-46 in the paint and 12-9 on fast-break points.



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