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Isaiah Thomas Went Off in the Second Half and Knocked Off the Memphis Grizzlies

Against the Grizzlies Tuesday night, the Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas did something only Danny Ainge has done.

Heading into the season, the Boston Celtics were a sexy pick to possibly slide into the No. 2 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It hasn't come to fruition thus far. The C's certainly haven't been awful—they're currently in third at 16-12—but they've looked more like a middle-of-the-pack squad than a legit Eastern Conference Finals contender.

Until Tuesday night, when the gritty little man grinded out a big comeback victory in Memphis.


A few hours after True Hoop declared "The Memphis Grizzlies Sit Atop the Clutch Mountain," Isaiah Thomas sent that headline off to have a bluuuuuuuuuue, blue, blue, Christmas, scoring 36 of his career-high 44 points after halftime.

"[The Grizzlies] were punking us in the first half," Thomas told CSNNE after the game. "This might turn the season around [for us] for real."

In helping the C's erase a 17-point third-quarter deficit, the diminutive Thomas put on a masterclass in efficiency. He needed just 16 field-goal attempts on the evening to score his career-high 44 points, going ten of 16 from the field (62.5 percent!), seven of ten on three-point attempts (70 percent!!) and 17 of 17 from the charity stripe (100 percent!!!). He added six assists and a couple of steals for the bow on his beautiful gift to Boston fans.

Thomas made a bit of history, hitting a mark unhit by all but one:

In last 50 yrs the only Celtics guard to score more pts than Isaiah Thomas did tonight is the man who traded for him, current GM Danny Ainge
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 21, 2016

In a post-game interview with ComCast Sportsnet, Thomas said, "I'm a killa, I'm a killa," in reference to a gift from his under-5'10" bestie.

Thank you @alleniverson
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) August 6, 2016