No. 4: Isaiah Thomas’ game-winner against Atlanta on national TV
It was early on in the campaign. Boston was sitting in third in the East, sandwiched between the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks. It was Al Horford’s first time back in Georgia since signing with Boston during the offseason. The story of the game was not about the star big man. The headline featured a player much smaller.
Thomas was simply sensational the entire game, unselfishly dishing out nine assists while knowing when it was time to get his. At the end of two quarters, Boston’s No. 4 led everyone in the assists department with six. With the game even at 101 with under seven to play, the “King of the Fourth” went to work. Kent Bazemore was isolated on Thomas, and even with the height advantage, he drove right, planted his left foot, and knocked down a brilliant fadeaway jumper that was ultimately the decider.
It was “IT” in a nutshell during his time in a Boston Celtics uniform.
When the team needed a bucket, there was only one man who had the confidence to take and make that type of shot.
Bazemore’s momentum went one way, providing Thomas with all the space he needed to put his team ahead with less than 2.5 seconds remaining. It was not like he did this against a team like the Brooklyn Nets that season who were at the bottom of the East. The Washington native came through in the waning seconds against a top-four team in the conference on ESPN’s “NBA Friday”.