Thomas scores 53, Celtics beat Wizards 129-119 in OT

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives into Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the fourth quarter in game two of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.

Thomas attended his sister Chyna's funeral Saturday after she died in a vehicle accident and has also had to overcome having had a tooth knocked out in a game-one victory Sunday. But the Celtics rallied in the second quarter with Thomas briefly sidelined after getting one of his two front teeth knocked out. "There was no way I couldn't play on her birthday". I don't want to make any call on anything right now.

Houston led by as many as 39 points, including a 30-point lead in the first half, in the opener of the first series between the rivals since the Rockets' victory in the 1995 Western Conference finals.

Al Horford added 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

One more point on Tuesday would have seen Thomas - who underwent six hours of dental surgery on Monday and a further four to five on the day of the game - tie John Havlicek's Celtics record for the most points in a playoff game.

NEED TO KNOW: Thomas sat out practice Monday so he could visit the dentist and have the tooth he lost in Game 1 repaired.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said: "What else is there to say?" "There was a point today where he was not feeling good at all. I feel like I have one of the better seats in the house and I'm not even paying for it", fill-in Warriors head coach Mike Brown said when asked about Curry's slick moves.

"Not only guts it out, he ends up with 50".

The Celtics lead the best-of-seven series, 2-0.

(22) during the second half of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

"I think the biggest thing you can say, he's the biggest victor", Washington coach Scott Brooks said.

He acknowledged that while experience "is a talking point" when comparing the rosters of the two teams, "there's a lot of power in having some naivete, too". Two great players played well.

Morris missed time after first injuring his left ankle in a game vs. the Miami Heat in November. "We were a little beat up".

"We just got to do a better job of making things hard for these guys. We came out and showed good rhythm". Zaza Pachulia scored 10 points in 14 minutes. They wouldn't take their first lead until the 6:45 mark of the third quarter on a Jae Crowder three pointer.

The Golden State Warriors got their second-round series started with a 106-94 win over Utah.

Interim coach Mike Brown led the Warriors as they are missing reigning NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr, who wasn't at the arena as he deals with complications from two back surgeries almost two years ago.

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