How IT and the Celtics possessed the fourth in Oakland ESPN blog

“The Celtics go on a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter, with Isaiah Thomas scoring seven of his 25 points in the frame, and send the Warriors to their third loss in five games. (1:19)
OAKLAND, Calif. — It’s hard to determine exactly which moment in the fourth quarter of the Boston Celtics’ 99-86 triumph over the Golden State Warriors made the least sense.
There was Boston’s defense-ignited 15-0 run that saw the Celtics not only rally ahead but run away from a Warriors team that has been damn-near invincible at Oracle Arena in recent seasons. Then there was the sequence in which Boston, the 27th-ranked team in the league in rebound percentage, outhustled the Warriors for consecutive offensive rebounds while playing a bit of keep-away that ensured the Warriors would not rally back into the game.
But maybe nothing was as jarring as, after Isaiah Thomas pickpocketed an unsuspecting Draymond Green and was fouled in transition, Boston’s All-Star point guard stepped to the free throw line and heard a hearty, “M-V-P!” chant inside Oracle.
Chants of “M-V-P” rained down on Isaiah Thomas toward the end of Boston’s win over the Warriors. AP Photo/Ben Margot
Thomas had been serenaded with the same chant in Los Angeles last week where Boston expats packed Staples Center for a lopsided win over the Lakers. But to hear those three letters inside Oracle — a spot where M-V-P is reserved for players like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who actually have the hardware to back up those claims — was inconceivable. Not since Lakers fans flocked north to cheer Kobe Bryant on this floor could locals remember such an occurrence.
“That’s crazy. But, I mean, my teammates, my coaching staff put me in position to get those chants, so I’m just staying in the moment and I couldn’t do it without those guys,” said Thomas, putting on a clinic in how to say the right thing, especially in the aftermath of critical comments about his coach and teammates that drew national headlines.”

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