Thomas scores 53 to power Celtics over Wizards

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

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

Avery Bradley was one of five Celtics players who scored in double digits in Boston's 129-119 Game 2 victory over the Washington Wizards at TD Garden, and he did that despite suffering a hip pointer before halftime.

Watch this Game 2 Eastern Conference NBA semifinals between Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics Live Streaming online, TV, and listen to Live Radio. Celtics assistant Walter McCarty offered his support for Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones, who said he was targeted with racial slurs during Tuesday's game at Fenway Park, while also defending Boston. But the reason the Celtics are up 2-0 in the series was the play of guard Isaiah Thomas.

Stephen Curry scored 22 points in three quarters of work and the top-seeded Warriors warmed up in a hurry after a weeklong layoff between playoff games, beating the Jazz Tuesday night in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals. He had 29 just in the fourth quarter and overtime, for only the second 50-point game in Boston's storied playoff history. Markieff Morris had 16 points, Marcin Gortat totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Bradley Beal also scored 14.

The Boston point guard lost his sister Chyna in a one-car accident on April 15, and after struggling in the opening period of the playoffs, he's becoming lively again - as he put up the second-most points by a Celtics player in a playoff game behind John Havlicek, who had 54 on April 1, 1973.

Thomas was helped by a double-double from Al Horford (15 points, 12 rebounds) and 12 points, six rebounds and four assists from Terry Rozier off the bench.

The Wizards and Celtics meet in Game 3 Thursday in Washington.

Game 2 is set for tonight.

-After the Celtics knocked down 19 threes in Game 1, the Wizards did a better job running them off the line and living with two-point jumpers instead. Stevens said. "You know, there's a point today when he was not feeling good at all, and was having a tough day, and I thought he was going to really have to gut this one out".

Isaiah Thomas saved his most inspiring Celtics performance for what would have been his sister's 23rd birthday.

Otto Porter Jr. hit a 3-pointer to give the Wizards a 114-112 lead with 33 seconds left in the fourth.

Thomas scored 20 points in the fourth while Wall had just five.

This stat isn't too surprising considering there haven't been many players under 6-feet, and there are even fewer players to reach the 50-point mark in the playoffs. Oubre isn't comfortable breaking down opponents off the dribble and doesn't have a low-post game but would've been better off giving up the ball quickly and cutting to the rim where Thomas had no chance of defending him if he got it back going full speed. I don't know if I've seen him guard a guy of (Bradley) Beal's caliber the way he guarded him. I like it", joked Celtics teammate, Avery Bradley."I was making jokes during the game on the bench and I got him laughing, it was amusing.

To even be playing under these circumstances was impressive, but the fact that Thomas is somehow even stepping up his play is nearly unbelievable. He made another change in the second half, inserting Marcus Smart in the starting group.

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