Best of NBA: Isaiah Thomas Drops 52 in Celtics' Win Over Heat

BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas scored 29 of his career-high 52 points in the fourth quarter, setting a club record for points in a period and leading Boston to a 117-114 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.

Thomas hit six 3-pointers and converted a three-point play in the fourth quarter and broke the franchise record of 24 points in a quarter set by Larry Bird in 1983 and matched by Todd Day in 1995. Thomas also topped his career high of 44 points he scored on Dec. 20, at Memphis.

He entered the fourth period with 23 points and scored the first 11 of the quarter for Boston, which needed Thomas' scoring outburst to hold off the Heat.

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Al Horford and Jaylen Brown were the only Boston players other than Thomas to score in the final period until Marcus Smart hit two free throws to seal it with 6 seconds left (see full recap).

Rockets explode for 140 points to crush Clippers
HOUSTON -- James Harden had a triple-double with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists and the Houston Rockets rolled to a 140-116 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

Clippers guard Austin Rivers and father/coach Doc Rivers were both ejected in the second quarter as Los Angeles dropped its fifth straight.

It's the seventh triple-double this season for Harden and his third straight 30-point game. Montrezl Harrell added a career-high 29 points to help Houston win its third in a row.

Raymond Felton had a season-high 26 points to lead the Clippers (see full recap).

Green, Parker lead Spurs' rally to beat Trail Blazers
SAN ANTONIO -- Danny Green and Tony Parker each had 18 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame another listless first half to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-94 on Friday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge was held to eight points on 2-for-3 shooting, but Jonathon Simmons added 19 points for the Spurs. Green had six 3-pointers in scoring a season high.

San Antonio has won four straight and 13 of 15.

C.J. McCollum finished with 29 points for Portland. Maurice Harkless and Allen Crabbe was the only other Portland player in double figures, with Harkless finishing with 12, and Crabbe 11 (see full recap).

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