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Isaiah Thomas wipes away Wizards with another late-game masterpiece

Isaiah Thomas was just brilliant in Game 2 with 53 points, including 29 in the fourth quarter and overtime.

NBA: Playoffs-Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2 of the Wizards-Celtics series gave us one of the best games of the playoffs so far. A dueling match between Isaiah Thomas and John Wall led the way for most of the game, but it was Thomas who stole the spotlight late, scoring 53 points and willing the Celtics to a 129-119 overtime win.

Thomas scored 29 points combined in the fourth quarter and overtime, proving he really is King of the Fourth. His 53 points for the game were the most in a playoff game since 2003.

His 50th point came late in overtime as he put the Wizards away for good. It’s fitting that it was a shot as tough as it was. Perfectly Isaiah Thomas.

Thomas started his takeover in the fourth quarter, leading a Celtics comeback, including this nasty move on Markieff Morris. He scored 20 points in the fourth quarter alone.

We’ve always known how tough and good Thomas was, but Tuesday night put him on a new level. Knowing he did this on what would have been his late sister’s 23rd birthday makes it even more special and impressive.