Isaiah Thomas' 20-point streak reaches 40 games in Celtics' win

"I want to play and play through it but the team advised me that this is not the time to take that risk right now and something potentially happen to my Achilles or a different injury, it was just a decision we chose to make together and we felt like it's the best one". "Now I'm just being smart about it so I can be prepared to play at a high level for this team".

The fourth quarter has been good to Isaiah Thomas all season.

Dario Saric had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers who saw their three-game win streak come to an end.

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, sidelined for all but one game since January 6 because of an Achilles strain, said Wednesday he planned to resume basketball activities over the All-Star break with a goal of returning to game action when Boston opens the second half of the season in Toronto next Friday. "He just kind of keeps going".

"I always say it".

Philadelphia's T.J. McConnell, who had 12 points and eight assists, said of Thomas: "He can just score from anywhere. There aren't many people in this league that can stop him".

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Thomas also ranks second overall among scoring leaders across the National Basketball Association, just one point behind Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, and said he is "confident" he will be able to catch the Thunder guard.

Eight of the turnovers came on Marcus Smart's career-high eight steals. Okafor played 17 minutes, finishing with four points and four rebounds. In the long run, an extended break for Wade could prove to be great for the Bulls if they do want to make a playoff push. Big man Joel Embiid was out with a knee injury.

"He was in a good rhythm and so to go down right now with the wrist injury, now the illness, the (All-Star) break is coming at a good time for him". "We've been inconsistent against some of the lower-tier teams, but I'm still optimistic, I'm still positive". Robert Covington added 18 points but left late in the fourth quarter after crashing into the Boston bench while diving for a loose ball.

76ers: Gerald Henderson got ejected with 51.8 seconds left after receiving a pair of technicals for arguing a foul call.

"Those guys are out the next two games", said head coach Brad Stevens, "with the hope of doing some practice when we return".

"When you know you're getting 20-plus points from a guy on a given night, it's pretty a special trait", Stevens said. He will not play Thursday when the Celtics visit the Chicago Bulls.

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