Thomas pitches in another mighty fourth quarter as Celtics shoot past Wizards
BOSTON -- After swaying into a pull-up three-pointer Wednesday night, Isaiah Thomas turned around and strutted like a man with a deep appreciation of the fourth quarter. His good friend Floyd Mayweather, the former boxing champion, was sitting in the front row at TD Garden. Thomas looked over in that general vicinity, hollered a bit and pointed at his wrist, as if to say, "It's time."
Once again, the fourth quarter belonged to Mr. Thomas. Despite a couple of overly ambitious fast-break attempts, he ran off 20 points in the final period, helping the Celtics fend off the Washington Wizards, 117-108.
The Celtics did not win Wednesday night as much as they survived it. Maybe that's not quite fair; despite injuries to normal starters Avery Bradley and Amir Johnson, the Celtics batted away an obvious sleepiness to shrug off a Wizards club that has played quality basketball over the last month. Perhaps motivated by the Eastern Conference Player of the Month award that went to Washington point guard John Wall in December, Thomas finished with 38 points, five assists and six rebounds, even after some rare struggles at the rim. His teammates hit a ton of 3-point shots and played enough late defense to escape their own early lack of energy.https://www.masslive.com/celtics/index. ... za_11.html