The NFL and the MLB both held their Week 17 games this past weekend, and while both teams played well, the NBA game was the more entertaining.
The Boston Celtics were up 21-16 in the third quarter of a game that featured a two-point loss to the Golden State Warriors.
The Celtics had won the previous two games by at least 10 points, but the Warriors came out firing, scoring 30 points in the fourth quarter and winning the game by a final score of 20-19.
The game was one of the more exciting moments in recent history for NBA fans.
The Celtics had scored 29 first-half points in that period.
“We were down two and down five at the end of the third, and I think we just needed to go for it,” Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas said.
Thomas and the Celtics have a very good chance of winning the NBA championship, and he was excited about the possibility of winning his first championship.
“That’s something I always dreamed of,” Thomas said of winning a title.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who has a record of 6-5 in the postseason, said that if the game was tied, he would have to call a timeout to start the fourth.
When asked if he would call a break if the Celtics were down by one, Stevens said he wouldn’t know what to do.
With the Celtics trailing, Thomas said, “The NBA has a really good coach who is going to coach us.”
Thomas was asked about a timeout call after the game, and said, ”No, we’ve got a great team.”
With 1:43 left in the game and Boston leading by 20, Thomas had another great shot.
He had a big layup, but he was fouled on the play and fouled again when he turned and hit a three that gave the Celtics a 31-21 lead.
But it was not enough.
After the Celtics tied it up, Thomas missed a layup and was called for a technical foul for a foul on Isaiah Thomas.
Boston’s Isaiah Thomas had a career-high 32 points.
It was Thomas’ third straight game with double-digit scoring, and the second time he had double-digits in back-to-back games.
James Jones, who had 15 points, was 3-for-5 from the field, including a three-pointer.
Isaiah Thomas and James Jones both had 15 first-quarter points.
Thomas was 1-for.
in the first half and 3-of-8 in the second.
Despite the Celtics’ early dominance, the Warriors took advantage of a lack of energy on the part of the Celtics, who outscored the Cavs 37-22 in the paint.
The Warriors shot 46 percent from the floor and scored 41 points in a stretch of 10 minutes and 40 seconds.
Kevin Durant, who finished with 21 points, hit five three-pointers in the stretch.
Stephen Curry had 16 points for the Warriors.
Golden State was outscorer the Celtics 34-25 in the 3-point area.
Bryce Harper had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics.
Marcus Smart had 10 points and nine assists for the Cavs.
Kyrie Irving had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Boston.
Josh Smith added 13 points for Cleveland.
Klay Thompson added 13 assists for Cleveland, which won its first three games of the season.
In his first game back after missing five weeks due to a torn Achilles, Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics in scoring and rebounding.
He scored 23 points in just over 17 minutes, and also had seven rebounds, three steals and one block.
Jaylen Brown had 17 rebounds for Cleveland and scored nine points.