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Thomas scores 53, Celtics beat Wizards 129-119 in OT

BOSTON (AP) It was his sister's birthday.

She would have been 23.

Isaiah Thomas spent four or five hours in the dentist's chair having work done on the tooth that was knocked out in Game 1, a day after he was in oral surgery for six hours having it repositioned in his mouth. His mouth was swollen, and he could barely talk. Still, he never considered not playing Tuesday night.

''The least I can do is go out there and play for her,'' Thomas said after scoring 53 points - the second-highest total in Celtics playoff history - to lead Boston to a 129-119 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards.

''I knew once game-time came, my guys would get me going, get me the energy to go out and win a game,'' Thomas said, ducking his face into his hands as he mentioned his sister, Chyna, who died in a car crash on the eve of the playoffs. ''There was no way I was sitting out.''

Fiddling with his new mouth guard throughout the game, Thomas scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and nine in overtime to help the Celtics take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. The 53 points were the most in an NBA playoff game since Allen Iverson scored 55 in 2003, and just one shy of John Havlicek's franchise postseason record of 54.

''It's nice to be in Celtics history with all the great players,'' Thomas said. ''But until you win a championship, you can't consider yourself a great player. That's what it's all about.''

John Wall scored 40 points with 13 assists for Washington, which will host Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Sunday.

''Two teams played their hearts out. Two great players played well,'' Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. ''

Asked if he had ever been in a one-on-one scoring battle like that against another point guard, Wall shook his head: ''Nah,'' he said. ''Nope. Nope. Nope.''

Thomas attended his sister's funeral on Saturday and returned to Boston early Sunday morning - just hours before the Celtics won 123-111 and the diminutive point guard lost a tooth. Team doctors jammed it back in, but Thomas spent large parts of the next two days in oral surgery.

''What else is there to say?'' Celtics coach Brad Stevens asked. ''There was a point today where he was not feeling good at all. He's had a tough day and I thought he was going to really have to gut this one out. Not only guts it out, he ends up with 50. Pretty impressive.''

Al Horford scored 15 points with 12 rebounds for Boston, and Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder scored 14 apiece. Marcin Gortat had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Markieff Morris scored 16 for the Wizards, but both fouled out in overtime.

RUNNING

One game after the Wizards scored the first 16 points of the game, they erupted for 42 points in the first quarter and opened a 13-point lead. Wall had 19 in the first to 15 for Thomas, but Boston erased the deficit in the second quarter and took a brief lead with just over a minute left before the half.

Otto Porter Jr. hit a 3-pointer to give the Wizards a 114-112 lead with 33 seconds left in the fourth. Thomas made two free throws to tie it, then both Wall and Bradley Beal missed short jumpers that could have won it in regulation.

WALKING WOUNDED

The game was only about a minute old when Morris threw Horford into the crowd under the Celtics basket. Late in the first, Wall had to shake it off after landing on a prone Kelly Olynyk. Bradley sustained a hip pointer in a collision with 1:11 to play in the first half. And seconds later, Porter landed hard on his right wrist and elbow, but remained in the game.

Thomas banged his face on the court in the third and spent the next few minutes adjusting his teeth.

GETTING TESTY

Midway through the third, Porter and Thomas appeared to bang heads, and Porter headed to the locker room gushing blood from the nose. Thomas and Morris got into it, drawing double technicals; Thomas appeared to be having words with someone on the Wizards bench, and Morris tried to push him away.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Wall's 19 first-quarter points matched a career playoff high, as did his six first-quarter assists. ... Gortat fouled out going for a rebound on Boston's first possession of overtime. ... Wall's 40 points in a playoff loss was the second-most in franchise history to Gilbert Arenas, who scored 44 against the Cavaliers in 2006, according to ESPN.

Celtics: Thomas had 15 points in the first quarter, followed by five in the second. ... Boston shot 61 percent in the first half, but also had 10 turnovers. ... New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was at the game. So was actor David Spade. ... Terry Rozier had a career playoff high with 12 points.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:36 +2 John Wall made driving layup, assist by Otto Porter 2-0
11:15 +3 Isaiah Thomas made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 2-3
10:56   Shooting foul on Isaiah Thomas  
10:56 +1 Bradley Beal made 1st of 2 free throws 3-3
10:56   Bradley Beal missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:56   Team rebound  
10:53   Personal foul on Markieff Morris  
10:36   Offensive foul on Amir Johnson  
10:36   Turnover on Amir Johnson  
10:30   Otto Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:28   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Thomas  
10:12   Bad pass turnover on Al Horford  
10:06 +3 John Wall made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bradley Beal 6-3
9:52   Avery Bradley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:50   Defensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
9:40   Personal foul on Isaiah Thomas  
9:34   John Wall missed driving layup, blocked by Avery Bradley  
9:34   Team rebound  
9:25 +3 Isaiah Thomas made 3-pt. jump shot 6-6
9:03   Otto Porter missed layup, blocked by Amir Johnson  
9:01   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
8:55   Isaiah Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:53   Defensive rebound by Otto Porter  
8:44 +3 John Wall made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Otto Porter 9-6
8:31   Lost ball turnover on Avery Bradley  
8:22 +3 Markieff Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by John Wall 12-6
8:07 +2 Isaiah Thomas made driving layup 12-8
7:58 +2 Marcin Gortat made layup, assist by John Wall 14-8
7:41   Jumpball  
7:41   Lost ball turnover on Avery Bradley  
7:30 +2 Marcin Gortat made dunk, assist by Markieff Morris 16-8
7:14   Isaiah Thomas missed fade-away jump shot  
7:12   Offensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
7:06 +2 Avery Bradley made jump shot, assist by Kelly Olynyk 16-10
6:54 +2 Marcin Gortat made layup, assist by John Wall 18-10
6:40 +3 Kelly Olynyk made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Avery Bradley 18-13
6:26 +2 Markieff Morris made jump shot, assist by John Wall 20-13
6:05   Shooting foul on Marcin Gortat  
6:05 +1 Jae Crowder made 1st of 2 free throws 20-14
6:05   Jae Crowder missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:05   Defensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
5:56 +2 John Wall made fade-away jump shot 22-14
5:56   Shooting foul on Marcus Smart  
5:56 +1 John Wall made free throw 23-14
5:46   Lost ball turnover on Marcus Smart  
5:32   John Wall missed jump shot  
5:30   Defensive rebound by Avery Bradley  
5:25 +2 Avery Bradley made floating jump shot 23-16
5:02 +2 Markieff Morris made hook shot 25-16
5:02   Shooting foul on Kelly Olynyk  
5:02 +1 Markieff Morris made free throw 26-16
4:55 +2 Al Horford made jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 26-18
4:38   Personal foul on Kelly Olynyk  
4:38 +1 Markieff Morris made 1st of 2 free throws 27-18
4:38 +1 Markieff Morris made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-18
4:29 +2 Isaiah Thomas made driving layup 28-20
4:29   Shooting foul on Markieff Morris  
4:29 +1 Isaiah Thomas made free throw 28-21
4:06 +3 Jason Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by John Wall 31-21
3:51   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Smart  
3:38   Marcin Gortat missed layup  
3:36   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
3:32   Offensive goaltending turnover on Kelly Olynyk  
3:15   Marcin Gortat missed hook shot  
3:13   Offensive rebound by Kelly Oubre  
3:13   Kelly Oubre missed tip-in  
3:10   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
3:06 +2 Isaiah Thomas made driving layup, assist by Al Horford 31-23
2:47 +2 John Wall made jump shot 33-23
2:24   Avery Bradley missed layup, blocked by Jason Smith  
2:22   Defensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
2:18 +2 John Wall made layup, assist by Marcin Gortat 35-23
2:08   Traveling violation turnover on Marcus Smart  
1:45   John Wall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:43   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
1:32   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by John Wall  
1:31   Team rebound  
1:25 +2 Kelly Olynyk made jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 35-25
1:11   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:09   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
1:02   Lost ball turnover on Kelly Olynyk  
0:47 +2 John Wall made driving layup 37-25
0:39 +2 Jae Crowder made driving dunk, assist by Marcus Smart 37-27
0:28   Shooting foul on Jae Crowder  
0:28 +1 John Wall made 1st of 2 free throws 38-27
0:28 +1 John Wall made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-27
0:19   Personal foul on Kelly Oubre  
0:10   Personal foul on Kelly Oubre  
0:10 +1 Isaiah Thomas made 1st of 2 free throws 39-28
0:10 +1 Isaiah Thomas made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-29
0:02 +3 Jason Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by John Wall 42-29
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:44   Defensive rebound by Bradley Beal  
11:26   Kelly Oubre missed layup, blocked by Al Horford  
11:24   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
11:17   Shooting foul on Bradley Beal  
11:17 +1 Isaiah Thomas made 1st of 2 free throws 42-30
11:17   Isaiah Thomas missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Jason Smith  
11:05   Jason Smith missed layup  
11:03   Offensive rebound by Kelly Oubre  
11:00   Kelly Oubre missed dunk, blocked by Al Horford  
10:55   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
10:55 +2 Marcus Smart made layup, assist by Jae Crowder 42-32
10:47   Offensive foul on Jason Smith  
10:47   Turnover on Jason Smith  
10:34   Shooting foul on Jason Smith  
10:34 +1 Al Horford made 1st of 2 free throws 42-33
10:34 +1 Al Horford made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-34
10:18 +2 Marcin Gortat made layup, assist by Bradley Beal 44-34
10:10 +2 Isaiah Thomas made driving layup 44-36
9:52 +2 Kelly Oubre made floating jump shot, assist by Bradley Beal 46-36
9:31   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:29   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
9:23   Bad pass turnover on Bradley Beal  
9:18   Shooting foul on Bojan Bogdanovic  
9:18 +1 Jae Crowder made 1st of 2 free throws 46-37
9:18 +1 Jae Crowder made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-38
8:58   Bradley Beal missed floating jump shot  
8:56   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Thomas  
8:50 +2 Al Horford made alley-oop shot, assist by Isaiah Thomas 46-40
8:29 +2 John Wall made finger-roll layup 48-40
8:29   Shooting foul on Terry Rozier  
8:29   John Wall missed free throw  
8:29   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
8:11   Isaiah Thomas missed jump shot  
8:09   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
7:54 +2 Markieff Morris made fade-away jump shot 50-40
7:39   Isaiah Thomas missed driving layup, blocked by Marcin Gortat  
7:37   Offensive rebound by Isaiah Thomas  
7:34 +2 Jae Crowder made jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 50-42
7:23   Offensive foul on John Wall  
7:23   Turnover on John Wall  
7:08   Shooting foul on John Wall  
7:08   Marcus Smart missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:08   Team rebound  
7:08 +1 Marcus Smart made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-43
6:59   Bad pass turnover on Bradley Beal  
6:57   Personal foul on Bojan Bogdanovic  
6:57 +1 Terry Rozier made 1st of 2 free throws 50-44
6:57 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-45
6:35   Lost ball turnover on Markieff Morris  
6:31   Avery Bradley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:29   Defensive rebound by John Wall  
6:18   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:16   Offensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
6:16   Shooting foul on Avery Bradley  
6:16 +1 Marcin Gortat made 1st of 2 free throws 51-45
6:16   Marcin Gortat missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:16   Defensive rebound by Avery Bradley  
6:07   Avery Bradley missed floating jump shot  
6:05   Defensive rebound by Otto Porter  
5:59   Personal foul on Avery Bradley  
5:44   Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:42   Offensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
5:37   Otto Porter missed jump shot  
5:35   Team rebound  
5:35   Personal foul on Markieff Morris  
5:35 +1 Marcus Smart made 1st of 2 free throws 51-46
5:35   Marcus Smart missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:35   Defensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
5:19   John Wall missed layup  
5:17   Offensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
5:14 +2 Marcin Gortat made dunk 53-46
4:52 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jae Crowder 53-49
4:36 +2 Otto Porter made jump shot, assist by John Wall 55-49
4:13 +2 Terry Rozier made fade-away jump shot 55-51
3:55   Otto Porter missed jump shot  
3:53   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
3:37 +2 Marcus Smart made reverse layup, assist by Terry Rozier 55-53
3:32 +3 Bradley Beal made 3-pt. jump shot 58-53
3:25 +3 Avery Bradley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 58-56
3:08   Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:06   Team rebound  
2:50   Isaiah Thomas missed driving layup, blocked by Otto Porter  
2:48   Team rebound  
2:32   Bad pass turnover on Bradley Beal  
2:12 +3 Al Horford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Isaiah Thomas 58-59
1:50   Lost ball turnover on Bradley Beal  
1:44   Offensive foul on Al Horford  
1:44   Turnover on Al Horford  
1:28 +2 Marcin Gortat made layup, assist by John Wall 60-59
1:14   Isaiah Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:12   Offensive rebound by Avery Bradley  
1:08 +2 Avery Bradley made dunk 60-61
1:01   John Wall missed jump shot  
0:59   Offensive rebound by John Wall  
0:54 +2 John Wall made dunk 62-61
0:52   Personal foul on Otto Porter  
0:52   Jae Crowder missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:52   Team rebound  
0:52 +1 Jae Crowder made 2nd of 2 free throws 62-62
0:43   Shooting foul on Jae Crowder  
0:43 +1 Otto Porter made 1st of 2 free throws 63-62
0:43 +1 Otto Porter made 2nd of 2 free throws 64-62
0:32   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:30   Defensive rebound by Kelly Oubre  
0:20 +3 Kelly Oubre made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by John Wall 67-62
0:04 +2 Isaiah Thomas made jump shot 67-64
0:00   John Wall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:49   Jae Crowder missed driving dunk  
11:47   Offensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
11:43 +3 Marcus Smart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jae Crowder 67-67
11:23 +2 Bradley Beal made fade-away jump shot 69-67
11:04   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:02   Offensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
10:57   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:55   Defensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
10:38 +2 John Wall made fade-away jump shot 71-67
10:25   Isaiah Thomas missed finger-roll layup  
10:23   Defensive rebound by John Wall  
10:16   Bad pass turnover on Markieff Morris  
10:11   Bad pass turnover on Avery Bradley  
10:03 +2 Otto Porter made floating jump shot, assist by Marcin Gortat 73-67
9:40   Bad pass turnover on Al Horford  
9:34 +3 John Wall made 3-pt. jump shot 76-67
9:16   Al Horford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:14   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
8:58 +2 Otto Porter made floating jump shot, assist by John Wall 78-67
8:36   Avery Bradley missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Otto Porter  
8:34   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
8:14   John Wall missed jump shot  
8:12   Team rebound  
8:01   Lost ball turnover on Isaiah Thomas  
7:57 +2 John Wall made driving layup, assist by Markieff Morris 80-67
7:57   Shooting foul on Al Horford  
7:57 +1 John Wall made free throw 81-67
7:47   Shooting foul on Markieff Morris  
7:47   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
7:47   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
7:47 +1 Isaiah Thomas made 1st of 2 free throws 81-68
7:47 +1 Isaiah Thomas made 2nd of 2 free throws 81-69
7:33   Bad pass turnover on Bradley Beal  
7:27   Isaiah Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:25   Defensive rebound by Kelly Oubre  
7:18   Kelly Oubre missed layup  
7:16   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
7:11 +2 Jae Crowder made finger-roll layup, assist by Jaylen Brown 81-71
6:44   John Wall missed jump shot  
6:42   Team rebound  
6:42   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
6:33   Isaiah Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:31   Defensive rebound by Kelly Oubre  
6:08   Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:05   Team rebound  
5:54 +2 John Wall made jump shot 83-71
5:35 +2 Jaylen Brown made driving layup, assist by Kelly Olynyk 83-73
5:19