Thomas pens strong finish as Celtics jolt Pistons

(The Sports Xchange) – Isaiah Thomas performed more of his fourth-quarter magic and the Boston Celtics blew an 11-point lead but held off the Detroit Pistons 113-109 for the their fourth straight victory on Wednesday night.

Thomas, who entered the game averaging a league-best and record-pace 10.0 points per game in the fourth quarter, scored 24 of his 41 points in the final 12 minutes.

He scored on a three-point play to put the Celtics (30-18) ahead to stay with 4:13 left in the game. Earlier in the quarter, Boston’s little big man scored 11 straight Celtics points.

It was his 32nd straight game with at least 20 points as he closes in on John Havlicek’s club record of 40. He has scored under 20 just once this season and had 18 in that game.

He has scored at least 20 points in the fourth quarter four times this season; while no one else in the league has done it more than once. He has also had nine 15-point fourth quarters.

After Reggie Jackson missed on his second straight late drive attempt, Thomas put the game on ice with four free throws in the closing

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