Emotional Isaiah Thomas says he is playing for his sister

There were no gaps in Isaiah Thomas game on Sunday

There were no gaps in Isaiah Thomas game on Sunday

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.

The Jazz became the first and only lower-seeded team to advance past the first round of the playoffs as Utah won their first postseason series since 2010.

Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder each scored 14, and Terry Rozier was a spark plug off the bench with 12 for Boston. The Washington Wizards are averaging 107.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 45.4 percent shooting.

However, the Celtics lead by Isaiah Thomas quickly made a comeback and led briefly in the second quarter.

The Cavs pulled ahead in the race for home court, which they ultimately fumbled away, but beat the Celtics for the third time in four tries and certainly made it clear they had no problem winning at the TD Garden if necessary.

He's coming off 21 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in Game 1, when he recorded his second double-double of the postseason.

"When I found out the news I wanted to give up and quit", Thomas said at the funeral on Saturday.

He led the Wizards with a double-double of 40 points and 13 assists.

Wall blocked Thomas' offering at the rim with 27 ticks to play, but Boston got the rebound and called a timeout.

The Game 2 victory in the Eastern Conference second-round series came on what would have been Chyna Thomas' 23rd birthday if she hadn't been killed in a vehicle crash on April 15. Not surprisingly, he was a plus-7 for the game and was missed since his size keeps Boston from comfortably playing small like it was then able to. The Celtics guard took over, scoring 29 points in the fourth quarter and OT. The perimeter defense of Bradley Beal and John Wall will be important here tonight and the status of forward Markieff Morris will play a major role as well. Boston led by 15 by the end of the third. He was such a trooper that after meeting with the squad's medical team, he came back to the paint with 8:10 remaining in the second quarter. Washington opened Game 1 on a 16-0 run. Thomas was incredible late, at one point giving Morris an ankle-breaking crossover to pull within two points with 30 seconds left. With Morris in the lineup, Boston started F Amir Johnson over F Gerald Green. He wore a custom mouth guard Tuesday.

Boston coach Brad Stevens said: "I thought he [Thomas] was really gonna have to gut this one out, and he not only guts it out, but he scores over 50". Despite going 0-2 in the series, they were helped by Rajon Rondo's season ending thumb injury which put a stop to the Bulls' momentum and allowed the Celtics to go on a four game tear to take the series.

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