Thomas shines as Celtics KO Wizards

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 12 2017 03:47 PM

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives to the basket during the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden. Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

BOSTON -- It's a good thing the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards were able to settle their differences Wednesday, so Isaiah Thomas didn't have to call on his friend Floyd Mayweather.

The former champion boxer was sitting in the front row when NBA teams had words at the final buzzer. But Thomas got the last word in as he scored 20 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter and the Celtics won 117-108.

Fortunately Mayweather wasn't needed, but he did leave the TD Garden Arena with a souvenir -- one of Thomas' jerseys.

"I just tell guys, 'Keep it hoop,'" Thomas said. "Nobody's built like the guy that was in that front row, Floyd Mayweather, so just keep it hoop and then move onto the next one."

Floyd Mayweather watches the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden. Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Washington and Boston have had a dislike for each other since November when Wizard guard John Wall was thrown out of the game after a hard foul on Boston's Marcus Smart.

Smart pulled Bradley Beal down during Wednesday's game and later committed a hard foul. Smart and Beal exchanged words in front of the Wizards' bench.

At the end of the game Boston's Jae Crowder jabbed a finger in Wall's face, and Wall attempted a half-hearted slap at Crowder but missed and the two were separated by teammates and officials.

"Just some altercation," said Wall. "We knew there was going to be some trash talking. We knew it was going to be a physical game. That's all it was. Just a little trash talking and a physical game."

Smart was led away by team officials.

Thomas' 20 points for the quarter gave him the league lead in fourth-quarter scoring over Russell Westbrook. He was seven of 12 from the floor in the quarter, three of five from beyond the arc. One was a bomb that led to a high-five from Mayweather.

"He's been playing as impressive as I've seen someone play," teammate Al Horford said of Thomas.

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