Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas is having a remarkable season, and now he can add the position of king to his résumé.
Thomas, who leads the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring with 9.9 points per game, added to his late-game highlight reel Friday night when he hit the game-winner in the C’s 103-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
The star point guard’s heroics against the Hawks are another reason why he has earned himself a nickname based on HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones.”
His 9.9 points per game in the final stanza would be the most by any player since 1996, according to NBA Stats. Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is right behind Thomas, averaging 9.5 points in the fourth quarter.
Thomas earned his first All-Star nod in 2016, and he currently ranks fourth in voting among Eastern Conference guards. If voting ended today, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving and Chicago Bulls shooting guard Dwyane Wade would be the starting backcourt for the East.
The C’s certainly hope the “King in the Fourth” can continue his crunch-time dominance when they take the court Monday against the Charlotte Hornets.
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