Another game, another dominating fourth quarter performance from Isaiah Thomas.
Boston’s stellar in-season addition scored 12 of his team-high 25 points in the final frame Monday night, carrying the Celtics to a crucial 100-90 win over the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.
Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 34 points for the hosts, who are currently battling the Celtics for one of the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, but it was Boston’s 5-foot-8 bench sparkplug who got the best of Wade late.
Thomas scored 12 of Boston’s final 16 points in the game’s final three minutes, breaking open a two-possession game with a flurry of 3-pointers, free throws and everything in-between.
The 26-year-old also took a hard fall on a drive in the lane with 4:03 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the point guard played through a pair of minor injuries.
What a finish…tough as nails. https://t.co/o80iiOL51v
— KWAPT (@KWAPT) March 10, 2015
Isaiah Thomas suffered a bruised lower back and a bruised right elbow tonight in Miami. No word on his availability for Wednesday.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 10, 2015
Thomas wasn’t the only newcomer who made a major impact on Monday night either. For the second straight contest, Luigi Datome provided the Celtics bench with a scoring boost. The swingman had a career-high 13 points playing just 21 minutes in only his seventh game played this season. Brandon Bass also filled up the box score with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.
The win pulls the Celtics within two games of the Pacers and Hornets for the final playoff spot in the East.