Isaiah Thomas’ abysmal shooting night in Houston in Game 2 was pivotal to the Celtics falling behind 2-0 in their first-round series against the Rockets.
But the 2016 All-Star stepped up big-time back on his home court, lighting up The Garden with a career-high 42-point haul in the Celtics’ crucial 111-103 victory in Game 3.
Thomas went 12-for-24 from the floor, including 5-for-12 from three-point territory in a dominant display. The combative 27-year-old joined an illustrious group of Celtics players to have scored 40 points in a playoff game: Ray Allen, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Sam Jones, Reggie Lewis, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Jo Jo White.
The 5’9” point guard was in trouble for clipping Dennis Schroder in the head, but the NBA has ruled the flagrant foul won’t result in a Game 4 suspension – a huge boost for a Celtics side that will look to level the series on Monday morning (AEST).
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Elsewhere, the Cavaliers went 3-0 up in their series with the Pistons courtesy of a 101-91 win in Detroit, and the Spurs did the same with a 96-87 defeat of the Grizzlies in Memphis.