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Isaiah Thomas was a cold-blooded animal Friday night. And he was out for blood during crunch time.

Thomas scored six of Boston’s final seven points Friday night to lead his team to a critical 111-103 victory. The most important bucket of the night came off of his fingers, and he let it fly from New Hampshire.

With 1:53 left on the clock, and with Boston ahead by four points, Thomas pulled up from what officially went down as 25 feet from the basket, but it sure looked even further than that. For those who know the famed parquet floor well, Thomas pulled up from just inside of the “R” in Red Auerbach’s signature, which adorns the floor just in front of Boston’s coaching box.

Critical shot. Insane Distance. Nothing but net.

That huge bucket pushed the Celtics ahead by seven and set the TD Garden crowd on fire. Atlanta would not score another field goal the rest of the way, as Thomas tacked on two free throws and Evan Turner added a third to cap the game’s score at 111-103.

All in all, Thomas totaled 11 points during the final frame, including a 6-of-8 performance from the free-throw line. He finished with a career-high 42 points on the night.

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There’s really no question about whose name deserves to be in this spot. Some call him by two letters, some call him simply by his first name. Whatever he is, Isaiah Thomas is Boston’s savior.

Thomas scored a career-high 42 points Friday night while leading the Celtics to a critical Game 3 victory. He attempted and made the most field goals in the game, finishing with a clean 12-of-24 slate from the field. He also capitalized on 12 of his game-high 15 free throw attempts on the night.

How much better was Thomas than every other player on the court? How’s this for size: his 42 points nearly doubled the next-highest total in the game, which was 23 by Jeff Teague.

Thomas didn’t do a whole lot else outside of score. He finished with four rebounds, one steal and one assist.

Those numbers don’t matter. What matters is 42, and what matters is 2-1, which is what this series stands at heading into Sunday’s Game 4.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Three Hawks scored at least 20 points, while only one of Boston's players did, yet the Celtics still found a way to win.
  • Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high and career-high 42 points.
  • Dennis Schroder accounted for 20 of Atlanta's 27 bench points.
  • Boston scored at least 32 points during both the first and fourth quarters.
  • The Celtics led by as many as 20 points, while Atlanta's largest lead was just one point.
  • The contest featured six ties and six lead changes.
  • Atlanta shot 36 3-pointers but connected on only nine of them.
  • Boston, meanwhile, shot 11-for-32 from long range.
  • Atlanta outscored Boston 52-44 in the paint.
  • Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 23 points.
  • Jonas Jerebko tallied 12 rebounds, 11 points and four assists in his first start with the Celtics.
  • All of Boston's starters played at least 31 minutes.
  • Amir Johnson tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
  • Al Horford grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
  • Evan Turner's seven assists led the game.

Quote of the Night

Can't get any more green. He can shoot when he's open and when he thinks he's open.

Brad Stevens on how green Isaiah Thomas' shooting light is.

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