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:
|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|