Best Game Ever: Isaiah Thomas had 53 points on a bittersweet night

Isaiah Thomas recently returned to play with the Denver Nuggets after being sidelined 11 months following surgery for a hip injury.
(Eric Gay / Associated Press)

Dan Woike asked NBA players to tell us about the best game in their basketball career. This week: Isaiah Thomas.

May 2, 2017: Boston 129, Washington 119

53 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals

Isaiah Thomas, all of 5 feet 9, had to prove himself since becoming the final pick of the 2011 NBA draft. He made a splash in Sacramento and then in Phoenix before being traded him to Boston, where he had the best seasons of his pro career and led the Celtics to three consecutive playoff appearances. On the eve of their playoff opener in 2017, tragedy struck his family when his sister, Chyna, was killed in a one-car accident. Yet he didn’t miss a game, and later that postseason, Thomas played his best game ever.


“It was the playoffs. You just get in the zone. You feel like everything is going to go in.” The game wasn’t a blur? “Nah. It slows down. Slow motion. It was just a regular game in a lot of ways. I’ve scored 50 before in a game. But this was special because it was my sister’s birthday. Yeah. That’s the one.”

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