Basketball - Thomas ignores heartache, lost tooth to lead Boston win

Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics is missing a tooth during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards (AFP Photo/Maddie Meyer)

- Isaiah Thomas shook off having a tooth knocked out and the heartache of his sister's funeral to score 33 points and power the Boston Celtics over Washington 123-111 in the NBA playoffs. The Celtics battled back after surrendering the game's first 16 points to beat the visiting Wizards in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference second round opener. "It was a team effort," Thomas said. "We got down big. We didn't give up. We didn't put our head down. From the first guy to the last, everybody contributed and we got the win." The Boston guard flew across the country to play after speaking Saturday at his sister Chyna's funeral in Washington state. She was killed two weeks ago in a car accident. "Basketball, when I'm on the court, it just keeps me going," Thomas said. "I do everything for my sister now and that's all I can do." Thomas also had his left front tooth knocked out after being struck in the face by an elbow from Washington's Otto Porter midway into the first quarter.

AFP