Celtics rip OT win from Wizards

"We gave up 19 threes, on the road", said Wizards guard Bradley Beal. Yet, Wall lost Tuesday's point guard duel, and it wasn't even close.

It's remarkable to see Thomas having the playoffs he is despite physical and emotional pain. The Washington Wizards are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. John Wall added an additional 20 along with 16 assists.

The top-seeded Celtics struggled to find their footing at the outset of their first-round series with Chicago after their leader Isaiah Thomas' sister was killed in a vehicle accident.

Wizards: Wall's 19 first-quarter points matched a career playoff high, as did his six first-quarter assists.

In a lot of ways, the tide turned when Markieff Morris injured his ankle after rolling it on Al Horford's foot. We are a team that has been able to get wins on the road all year, and we have to hone in on Game 3 and try and take it. It was also a career best for Thomas in a playoff game. "He's got a swollen mouth, but they say he's doing well from a recovery standpoint", coach Brad Stevens said.

What a painful stretch it has been for Isaiah Thomas.

Somehow, Thomas has managed to not only play every game since, but lead the Celtics during the playoffs just as he did all regular season long prior. Happy birthday. She would have been 23 today. Portland's CJ McCollum (41 v Golden State) and Gordon Hayward (40 v LA Clippers) are the only players to score at least 40 points this season in the Playoffs and not be on the winning side.

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives into Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the fourth quarter in game two of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.

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Akashdeep Singh's ambitious shot from the top of the circle in the 10th minute, soared high over the cross-bar. Defender Harmanpreet Singh then doubled the lead just before halftime with a powerful drag flick.

Breaking records, however, was the last thing on his mind while this extraordinary performance was unfolding. "But, when I'm in this arena, I can lock in and I know everything I do is for her".

"I've taken a thousand hits like that and my tooth never came out", Thomas said. "There's 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".

Thomas had 29 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, making up for the Wizards roasting him in the first and third quarters on defense. Zaza Pachulia scored 10 points in 14 minutes.

Then, suddenly, it was Isaiah Time.

"I'm playing tomorrow. That's final", Morris said. "Their bigs do a great job of setting screens and then he would just turn the corner and get open".

The game turned into a shootout between Wall and Thomas in the fourth quarter. A nine-point haul from Thomas in overtime, led the Celtics to the win.

"I didn't talk to him about it", Stevens said in his pregame press conference. Thomas' ability to overcome adversity has no limits.

At this point? Nothing.