BOSTON (AP) — Nothing it seems can stop Isaiah Thomas this postseason — be it heedfulness large or small.
The All-Star led a Celtics to a first-round win over Chicago in a mist after training a day before that array began that his younger sister, Chyna Thomas, had died in a automobile collision outward of his local Tacoma, Washington.
That pain persisted on a eve of Boston’s second-round pairing with a Washington Wizards, when he flew cross-country to attend her funeral.
Then Sunday’s diversion brought a latest sip of adversity, when he had one of his front teeth dislodged after an early diversion collision. But as he’s finished all postseason, he continued to find a approach to pull by it.
Thomas had 33 points and 9 assists as a Celtics done 19 3-pointers to kick a Wizards 123-111 and take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup.
“I got in during 4 a.m.,” Thomas pronounced of his second moody to Washington in dual weeks. “It’s tough, though it’s a playoffs so there are no excuses. we motionless to play and we only attempted to give it all for my team.”
The Celtics star flew to a wake with Boston boss of basketball operations Danny Ainge and partner manager Jerome Allen.
During actor introductions, Thomas forked to a TD Garden rafters when his name was called.
Al Horford combined 21 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Jae Crowder finished with career playoff-high 24 points.
Game 2 is set for Tuesday night.
The Wizards were some-more enterprising during a outset, jumping out to a 16-0 advantage and heading by as many as 17 points. But a Celtics rallied with Thomas quickly sidelined while removing his tooth repositioned in a second quarter.
“I didn’t know if we’d ever measure and we didn’t know if they’ve ever stop scoring,” Celtics manager Brad Stevens said.
Bradley Beal led Washington with 27 points. John Wall combined 20 points and 16 assists.
Washington starter Markieff Morris played only 11 mins before withdrawal with a sprained left ankle in a second entertain after alighting awkwardly on Horford’s foot.
The Wizards also had a tough time responding after Stevens started Marcus Smart in place of Gerald Green in a third quarter.
“They were a small some-more assertive than we were,” Beal said. “Our invulnerability slipped a little. We lacked some IQ and focus.”
A adversary has been simmering between a teams given final year, when Boston swept a deteriorate series.
They separate their 4 regular-season matchups this season, though any enclosed heated moments.
Sunday’s matchup was played during only as high a level, with a demoniac gait during times and earthy play underneath a basket.
After a Wizards’ early scoring flurry, Thomas mislaid his tooth though primarily kept playing. He found it during a timeout, though started a second entertain in a locker room. His teammates went on a 13-2 run but him to cut into Washington’s lead. Boston led by 15 by a finish of a third.
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