The legend of Isaiah Thomas grows on night of sister's birthday

"Today my mouth was so swollen I had to go back to the hospital to get a few meds to get the swelling down because I could barely talk".

To even be playing under these circumstances was impressive, but the fact that Thomas is somehow even stepping up his play is nearly unbelievable.

The Celtics forward had an interesting assessment in the aftermath of last night's exhaustive 129-119 overtime victory in Game 2 at the Garden. "There was no way I was sitting out".

Isaiah Thomas scored a career playoff high 53 points, nine of them in a game-closing 15-2 over-time run that powered the Boston Celtics over Washington 129-119 in a second-round National Basketball Association playoff game Tuesday.

Thomas became just the fifth Celtic in franchise history to tally at least 50 points in a playoff game, and finished just one point shy of John Havlicek's team record of 54.

Said Thomas: "It's nice for your name to be in Celtics history because of all the great players". "But until you win a championship, you can't consider yourself a great player. That's what it's all about".

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John Wall led seven double-figure scorers for the Washington Wizards with 40 points and 13 assists, but 19 of those points and six assists came in the first quarter.

He acknowledged that while experience "certainly is a talking point" when comparing the rosters of the two teams, "there's a lot of power in having some naiveté, too".

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

Team doctors jammed it back in, but Thomas spent part of Monday and Tuesday in the dentist's chair to have it repositioned.

"What else is there to say?"

"He's finishing up the dental work that he's had", Boston coach Brad Stevens said after practice. "There was a point today where he was not feeling good at all. I will keep going for my sister, because I know she wouldn't want me to stop". Not only guts it out, he ends up with 50.

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Al Horford shot 6-of-9 from the field to finish with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder scored 14 apiece for the Celtics, who are 2-0 in the best-of-seven game series.

Six other players scored in double figures for the Wizards to help Wall, including Marcin Gortat (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Markieff Morris (16 points, six rebounds) - but none of them were really able to have a tangible impact on the game late.

Rudy Gobert led the Jazz's tally at 13 points and eight rebounds, while Draymond Green and Kevin Durant wound up with 17 points each for the top-seeded Golden State Warriors.

He also grabbed four rebounds and four assists.

And despite leading 87-75 with 4 minutes left, Washington led by only 5 going into the fourth quarter. Zaza Pachulia scored 10 points in 14 minutes.

The Warriors led by 12 points at half-time, and held out in the final two quarters for the win. "He has the opportunity to make big shots and that's what he did tonight". She was killed two weeks ago in a vehicle accident.

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Boston has all the momentum, but this series is going to grow increasingly physical and chippy with every passing game. He then got on a flight back to Boston, arriving at 4 a.m. for a 1 p.m.

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