Isaiah Thomas made the Pistons his latest fourth-quarter victims

Isaiah Thomas entered Monday night leading all NBA players in fourth-quarter scoring, averaging a whopping 10 points per final frame. Much to the chagrin of the Detroit Pistons, the Boston Celtics All-Star guard decided that number wasn’t high enough:

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“The King in the Fourth” ruled once again on Monday, scoring 24 of his game-high 41 points in the fourth quarter to stave off the Pistons’ attempt at a comeback and seal a 113-109 win. Another late-stage explosion by Thomas helped extend Boston’s winning streak to four games and improve the Celtics’ record to 30-18. The victory, combined with another disappointing loss for the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers, drew the C’s to within 2 1/2 games of LeBron James and company for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

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They wouldn’t be within striking distance of the defending champs without the remarkable scoring skill of the

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