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Thomas scored 17 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, and the surging Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 108-98 on Monday night for their ninth victory in 11 games.
It was Thomas' 25th straight game with 20 or more points. He's been putting up big final quarters of late — scoring 20 or more three times this season. No other 17
NBA player had done it more than once entering Monday.
"I'm in a really good place right now," he said. "My teammates put me in a position to be me and that's all I can say."
He even heard chants of "MVP! MVP!" late in the game. "They're pretty cool. It just doesn't seem real for them to be chanting MVP to me in (TD) Garden," he said. "It's a feeling I can't explain."
"Yeah, he's a special, special player, obviously," Boston forward Kelly Olynyk said. "I don't know if there's another person in the world doing what he's doing. It's unfathomable to sit there and watch every night."
Al Horford had 22 points, while Olynyk and Jae Crowder added 15 apiece for Boston, which has won all three meetings with Charlotte this season. But it was Thomas' late-game performance that kept the Celtics rolling. He credited his teammates for setting him up well in the fourth.
Kemba Walker scored 24 points and Marvin Williams had 21 for the Hornets, who lost their fifth straight — all on the road.
"We had things in to get the ball out of his hands, but the way they played, the stuff that they usually go to late, they didn't get to," Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said of trying to stop Thomas. "He made some terrific plays. He's a terrific offensive player."
The rookie came to impress, he came up with a nifty 9 points and a couple assists. Take a look.
Thomas scored 13 straight points, pushing Boston ahead 93-83 with his 3-pointer from the left wing with 7 1/2 minutes left. "He's been playing as well as anyone in our league," Walker said of the 5-foot-9 Thomas. "He's playing with great confidence, making the plays for his team to win games. So, he's been great."
Another great win. Celtics make it 13 out of their last 16. #CsUp