Boston 113, L.A. Lakers 107
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, February 3, 2017
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Mass
BOSTON – (Wire Report by The Sports Xchange) – Isaiah Thomas, who seems to know everything on the court, had no idea he had just come within two points of becoming the first Celtics player ever to score 40 points in three straight games.
“I didn’t know about the three games in a row,” Boston’s little big man said after scoring 21 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter as the Celtics won their sixth in a row with a 113-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night. “I didn’t know about it or I would have had the last shot. I’m glad we won, that’s all that matters.”
They did win, the game ending less than an hour after the Toronto Raptors lost in Orlando, clinching Boston’s Brad Stevens’ spot as the Eastern Conference All-Star coach.
Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue owns the best record in the conference, but he coached in the game last year and now Stevens and his Boston staff are going to New Orleans.
“Well, first of all, it should be Ty Lue, but the way the rules work then it’s the next-best record because he did it last year,” said Stevens, whose team is 32-18. “But what’s nice about it is there’s no politics in it. There’s no subjectivity; it’s what your team has accomplished.
“I almost feel bad that I’m the one that’s going; I’d rather have another one or two of those guys playing in it.”
The win also allowed the Celtics to break a tie with the Lakers and take over the all-time lead in regular season wins, with 2,353.
Thomas, the league leader in fourth-quarter scoring (10.5 per game coming in), scored his 37th and 38th points with 2:25 left but didn’t take another shot. He was 6 of 9 from the floor in the fourth quarter and went 7 of 7 from the foul line in the game, making him 46 of 47 in the last four games. He has recorded 34 straight 20-poing games as he continues to charge at John Havlicek’s club record of 40.
Reminded his coaches are going to New Orleans, Thomas, Boston’s All-Star picked as a backup, said, “Yeah, so they should put me in the starting lineup.
“That’s going to be good, that says a lot. Says we are winning and we’re doing pretty good and to get there says a lot. I’m happy for them.”
Thomas raised his season average to 29.9 points a game. Larry Bird holds the Celtics record for scoring in a season, also at 29.9, but Bird was 29.934 and Thomas is at 29.891.