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Thomas scores 42, lifts Celtics over Hawks 111-103 in Game 3

On the heels of slow starts and lackluster offensive efforts in their first two playoff games, the Celtics knew they would need to play like a desperate bunch in their Game 3 matchup with the Hawks.

Boston did, and Isaiah Thomas delivered a career-high 42 points in a 111-103 victory over Atlanta on Friday night that closed the gap to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference first-round series.

"I was just in attack mode," Thomas said. "I was just trying to do what I could to win the game."

Thomas joined a short list of Celtics to score 40 points in a playoff game: Ray Allen, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Sam Jones, Reggie Lewis, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Jo...

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