When it was thought that Isaiah Thomas would be returning to Boston for the first time tonight for the Cleveland Cavaliers, it was going to be the most anticipated game of the season.
The Boston Celtics (30-10) have won four of their last five games including a 108-105 win over the Brooklyn Nets in which Kyrie Irving scored 28 points.
Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum added 15 points apiece, and Jaylen Brown scored 14 points.
LeBron James finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Cleveland. Playing on back-to-back nights - the Celtics had been preparing for them since New Year's Eve - Cleveland shot 34.8 percent. After spending the beginning of his National Basketball Association career with the Kings and Suns, he really made a name for himself in Boston and gave the city everything he had.
He looked at the camera, pounded his heart three times and waved.
After having a career year with the Celtics last season, Thomas was controversially traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason as part of the deal which sent Kyrie Irving the other way. "I'm not taking nothing from Paul Pierce".
The Boston Celtics will be looking to open 2018 with a fourth straight victory when they renew hostilities with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. For what he meant to the team, a tribute video is in order. But after just 19 minutes of action, Thomas' new teammate LeBron James said he's already excited by what Thomas is going to bring to the Cavaliers. "Thats what it came down to". "If you can play tonight against Portland, how come I can't see you Wednesday night on national television against Boston".
Thomas said he didn't think he would infringe on Pierce's night with an in-game tribute. There's no hard feelings to anybody in this city or anybody in this organization. "I know it will be all love", he said.
Fans responded with a decent applause and Crowder went on to be a total non-factor in the game with six points (2-for-12). He could have found my address somehow. But whether or not he ever speaks to Danny Ainge again, I don't care.
Here are player grades from last night's win. "So, yeah, were good".
Bradley Beal dropped in 27 points and John Wall added 25 with nine assists as the Wizards clobbered the Knicks 121-103.
With the Cavaliers double-teaming their longtime point guard for much of the game, Irving was held under 20 points for the first time since December 10, a span of 11 games.
Joel Embiid fought through a sprained right hand while contributing 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the 76ers past the Spurs 112-106. Shumpert, who sat out the second half of the Cavs' win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday after starting at the point, was diagnosed with a left knee effusion after receiving an MRI on Saturday and will be sidelined five to seven days.