CelticsLife Awards 2015-16: Best Individual Performance
The Best Individual Performance Award goes to the single most-impressive game by any one Celtics player during the 2015-16 season. Of the club's top 18 scoring outings this year, 17 of them belonged to Isaiah Thomas. Rather than fill up the Honorable Mentions category with Thomas, below are several of the biggest showings from his teammates (all of which came in victories, except for Kelly Olynyk's 28-point outburst in the epic 2-OT thriller vs. Golden State), listed in chronological order.
Kelly Olynyk's 28 points in the double-overtime loss to the Warriors at the TD Garden.
Amir Johnson's 14-point, 18-rebound, 6-assist effort against the Pacers on January 13.
Marcus Smart's triple-double (in which he set new career highs in rebounds and assists) in a win over Phoenix on January 15.
Evan Turner's 19-12-6 off the bench in the C's stunning last-second win in Cleveland.
Avery Bradley's 6-for-7 from deep in a 25-point performance vs. the Kings on February 7.
Jared Sullinger's 21-11-7 in the OT win over the Clippers before the All-Star break.
Jae Crowder's 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals in his second game back from his ankle injury.
Tyler Zeller's 26 points and 4 blocks (both career highs) against the Bucks on April 8.
Isaiah Thomas' career-high 42 points in Boston's Game 3 playoff win over Atlanta.
On February 10 against the Clippers, Isaiah Thomas dropped 36 points and 11 assists in the Celtics spectacular come-from-behind OT victory. Isaiah was unbelievable in the paint, scoring time and time again over L.A. center DeAndre Jordan:
Isaiah Thomas' shot chart against DeAndre Jordan and the Los Angeles Clippers. Isaiah Thomas is 5-foot-9. pic.twitter.com/4rL5st876T— Jay King (@ByJayKing) February 11, 2016
Boston trailed by five in the final minute of regulation, but the C's All-Star point wouldn't let them lose:
With a game-high 36 points Isaiah Thomas was the @HRBlock Clutch Player of the game in the OT win over the Clippers.https://t.co/h9qE9JXNFO— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 11, 2016
Thomas' night earned him a Basketball-Reference game score of 32.4, the highest by any Celtics player this season.
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