Isaiah Thomas outduels John Wall in historic playoff scoring battle

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Isaiah Thomas put himself in rarified air.

John Wall helped lift him into another elite class.

Thomas (53 points) and Wall (40 points) became just the 16th opponents each to score 40 in a playoff game, accomplishing in the feat in the Celtics’ Game 2 win over the Wizards last night.

The last pair to do it was Dirk Nowitzki (48 points) and Kevin Durant (40 points) in 2011, when the Mavericks beat the Thunder. By harmonic mean, Allen Iverson (48 points) and Shaquille O’Neal (44 points) had the only higher combination on the list, going head-to-head in the 2001 NBA Finals.

Here’s every playoff game where a player on each team scored 40 points:

Date Winner Loser
5/2/2017 Isaiah Thomas (BOS): 53 John Wall (WAS): 40
5/17/2011 Dirk Nowitzki (DAL): 48 Kevin Durant (OKC): 40
5/11/2009 Dirk Nowitzki (DAL): 44 Carmelo Anthony (DEN): 41
5/18/2008 Paul Pierce (BOS): 41 LeBron James (CLE): 45
5/3/2006 LeBron James (CLE): 45 Gilbert Arenas (WAS): 44
6/6/2001 Allen Iverson (PHI): 48 Shaquille O’Neal (LAL): 44
6/1/2001 Ray Allen (MIL): 41 Allen Iverson (PHI): 46
4/24/2001 Allen Iverson (PHI): 45 Reggie Miller (IND): 41
6/11/1993 Michael Jordan (CHI): 42 Charles Barkley (PHX): 42
4/23/1992 Brad Daugherty (CLE): 40 Drazen Petrovic (NJN): 40
5/8/1991 Chris Mullin (GOS): 41 Magic Johnson (LAL): 44
4/22/1984 Bernard King (NYK): 46 Kelly Tripucka (DET): 40
4/12/1972 Jim McMillian (LAL): 42 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (MIL): 40
3/31/1972 Lou Hudson (ATL): 41 John Havlicek (BOS): 43
4/25/1969 Jerry West (LAL): 41 John Havlicek (BOS): 43
4/10/1963 Sam Jones (BOS): 47 Oscar Robertson (CIN): 43