Isaiah Thomas made the most of the Celtics’ first taste of national television exposure this season. The 5-foot-9 point guard led the Celtics to a crucial 113-103 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night in the Palace at Auburn Hills. With an ESPN audience watching, he tied the Celtics’ season-high with 34 points, 23 of which came in second-half.
Thomas carved up the Pistons defense all over the floor in his 30 minutes of action, shooting 10 of 17 from the field, 4 of 8 from 3-point range and 10 of 11 from the free throw line. He also dished out six assists as the Celtics outscored the Pistons by a whopping 35 points when he was on the floor.
With Jae Crowder adding 17 points off the bench for Boston, the Celtics’ second unit scored 73 of Boston’s 113 points. Andre Drummond had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the hosts.
The victory inched the Celtics closer to a playoff spot with just four regular-season games remaining. The team holds a one-game lead over the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
A stiffer challenge awaits the Celtics on Friday night however, as the team visits LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.