Thomas goes for career high

01 January 2017 05:42:48 GMTPlus11

Friday Isaiah Thomas did something that has never previously happened in a Boston Celtics uniform, as the hosts defeated the Miami Heat 117-114 at the TD Garden.

The emerging franchise player went for 29 points in the fourth quarter and had the night of his career, with the 5'9 27-year-old point guard out of Washington going for 52 points on 15-of-26 shooting.

This was the 18th straight game Thomas has recorded at least 20 plus points, with the former Sacramento King currently leading the NBA with that streak.

All this despite, or possibly because, the Celtics were without Avery Bradley, with the 26-year-old shooting guard out of Texas missing the game because of illness.

In the process Thomas broke the record for most points in a quarter by a Celtics player, the record having been previously held by Larry Bird back in 1983 with 24 points.

The 52 point outburst also puts Thomas at fourth all-time in scoring in a single game for a Boston player, with Bird still holding the record with 60.

Meanwhile, Al Horford chipped in with a solid game, as the summer free agent signing dropped in 22 points, while pulling down six rebounds and passing out four assists.

In defeat the Heat got a solid performance from youngster Josh Richardson, with the 23-year-old out of Tennessee almost reaching a triple-double with 19 points, while dishing out eight assists and grabbing six rebounds.

The Celtics host the Jazz on Tuesday at the TD Garden, with Boston having won their last eight straight home games against Utah.

Boston are 2.00 to win the Atlantic Division, with the Toronto Raptors 2.00 and the New York Knicks 2.00.

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