The Boston Celtics continue to claw and scratch for a Playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, taking down the Detroit Pistons 113-103 Wednesday behind a huge night from Isaiah Thomas.
Thomas went off for a season-high 34 points in the road victory, coming off the bench and putting in 10-of-17 shots from the floor and 10-of-11 free throws.
The C’s win moved them into the seventh spot in the standings, just ahead of the Brooklyn Nets.
Per the Boston Herald:
“We couldn’t contain Isaiah Thomas,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We could not keep him out of the paint. We could not stop him one-on-one on drives or on pick-and-rolls when our big guys tried to trap him.”
According to stat guru Dick Lipe, Thomas is the first Celtics player to have more than 31 points off the bench since Ricky Davis went for 36 against Atlanta on April 1, 2005. […] And Thomas is the only Celtics sub to score 23 or more points three times in one season in the past 30 years (he had 23 against Milwaukee and 25 in Toronto).
“I think it’s just, with the personnel we had on the floor, they were scared of kick-outs for 3’s or whatever it might have been,” Thomas said. “I don’t know what they were messing up on, but it’s like when I got in the teeth of the defense, there were about four or five times where nobody was around. That was weird for me . . . but I’ve got to give credit to my teams. They spaced the floor very well and let me attack.”