Watch these Celtics highlights to remember the thrills and comebacks of the 2016-2017 season

Isaiah Thomas after making a layup over Hassan Whiteside during fourth quarter action against the Miami Heat.
Isaiah Thomas after making a layup over Hassan Whiteside during fourth quarter action against the Miami Heat. –Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

The book is officially closed on the Celtics’ 2016-2017 season, with the story coming to an end in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers. Amid the inevitable disappointment that accompanies a playoff defeat, Celtics fans can take solace in the fact that their team emerged, seemingly ahead of schedule, as a top team in the NBA.

Winning an Eastern Conference-leading 53 games during the regular season, Boston secured a No. 1 playoff seed. And after trailing 2-0 against the Bulls in the first round, the Celtics rallied for four straight wins. A back-and-forth seven-game triumph against the Wizards was followed by the spirited but ultimately fruitless loss to the Cavs. Yet Boston’s season was a memorable one.

Here are some of the highlights from 2016-2017 worth looking back on:


In November, the Celtics rallied from 13 down at the start of the fourth quarter by means of a 17-0 run:

Against the Grizzlies in December, Isaiah Thomas dropped 44 points in an overtime win that came only after the Celtics overcame a 17-point third quarter deficit:


In another 44-point Isaiah effort, the Celtics beat the Raptors on Feb. 1, gaining their first lead in the game with only 4:38 remaining:

With 2.4 seconds remaining, Thomas hit the game-winner against the Hawks on Jan. 13:

Isaiah Thomas

Against the Heat on Dec. 30, Thomas posted a season-high 52 points, including 29 in the fourth quarter:

In a sign of things to come, Thomas and the Celtics dueled against the Wizards in January in a Celtics win:

Check out IT’s top play from each game from the first half of the season:

And then take a look at some of the best plays by the “King in the Fourth”:


The Celtics’ came from behind to beat the Bulls in the first round:

In Game 7 against the Wizards, Boston delivered a decisive performance on their home court:

Playing without Thomas in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics staged a surprise upset in Cleveland. Avery Bradley nailed the game-winning 3-pointer:

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An array of alley-oops:

Put-back dunks:

And, of course, the defense was worth the price of admission:


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