Isaiah Thomas' 20-point streak reaches Celtics' record 41 games
Feb 17 2017 by Marjorie Miles
But after allowing 116.6 points per game over their previous six games, the Bulls put together a surprisingly strong performance on defense in a 105-94 win over the Toronto Raptors as 4-point home underdogs.
And now it's 17.
But in that 2013-14 season, he missed the first 40 games recovering from an ACL injury the year before.
Let's go through the game quarter by quarter and break down what happened.
Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 29 points, including the Celtics' final 11 points in the fourth quarter. Boston has been lighting up opposing defenses all season, so this shouldn't come as a surprise.
He was one of the most consistent performers offensively for the Bulls, tallying 13 first-half points.
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Jimmy Butler and Jerian Grant came out for the second half hot from three, giving the Bulls back the lead about four minutes into the third quarter. Michael Carter-Williams took his place and greatly struggled guarding Isaiah Thomas. He hit his first five shots and finished the first half with 10 points.
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And Jimmy Butler's scoring is slowly coming back into form after missing three games due to a heel contusion. The Celtics were 10-of-21 from 3-point range while the Bulls, the worst 3-point shooting team in the National Basketball Association, were just 2-of-12. The Bulls were killing the Celtics on the offensive glass at this point, with a 12-3 advantage at the conclusion of the quarter.
That's actually the only game this season where Thomas didn't score 20 points.
At the risk of sounding cliche, the Bulls just outworked the Celtics. As time expired, the refs surprisingly blew the whistle, ruling that there was contact made, presumably on Butler's elbow.
Butler guarded Mr. Fourth Quarter himself, Isaiah Thomas, down the stretch, and reminded all of us watching why he's starting in the All Star game on Sunday, sinking back to back 3-point bombs.
Thomas said directly that it "cost us the game", adding that he was running off the court and "the Bulls were even shocked".
Despite all the fun, it looked as if the Bulls wouldn't pull this one out. If he didn't, then Smart defended Butler perfectly, getting close enough to him to disrupt the shot attempt without fouling him.
Butler made both free throws and Al Horford's shot was no good as the Bulls won. It means I'm doing something well.