Isaiah Thomas, the Boston Celtics’ star point guard, had the game of his life Tuesday night.
In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Wizards, Thomas put up 53 points in 44 minutes to lead his team to a thrilling overtime victory.
The Celtics’ point guard, who is listed at 5 foot 9, averaged just under 30 points per game this season. Tuesday night was Thomas’ highest scoring game of his career.
It was an incredible display that has earned comparisons to the likes of Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and John Havlicek.
The story behind his performance, however, is heartbreaking.
“It’s my sister — happy birthday — she would have been 23 today,” Thomas said after Tuesday’s win. “Everything I do is for her and she’s watching over me.”