5’9 Isaiah Thomas Made His Mom Proud With Career-High 52 Points, Franchise-High 29 In The 4th!
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Last player picked in the draft. Shortest player in the league. There’s so many reasons to be happy for the success of NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas. And on Friday night against the Heat, the ultimate underdog made NBA and Boston Celtics history with a 52 point performance, which included a franchise-record 29 4th quarter points – five better than the 24 set by Larry Bird in 1983 and Todd Day in 1995.
Speaking of Bird, only Larry Legend (60 in 1985 & 53 in 1983) and Kevin McHale (56 in 1985) have scored more points than Thomas in a Boston uniform; Paul Pierce (50) and Sam Jones (51) are the only other Celtics to drop 50 in a game since 1963. And at 5’9, Thomas’s 52 is the most points by a player under 5’10 since the great Calvin Murphy scored 57 in 1978.
“It doesn’t seem real. It’s crazy,” Said Thomas, who had the crowd chanting M-V-P as he knocked down 9 of 13 field goals and all 13 free throws in the 4th quarter.
“I looked in the stands, and my mom was like, ‘Fifty! Fifty!’ and I’m like, ‘I’m trying!'”