A hip injury that prematurely halted the fast-tracked career of Isaiah Thomas and his NBA career ultimately led to a jaw-dropping, historic comeback four years later on Sunday, where the two-time All-Star free agent scored 81 points in the Crawsover Pro-Am in Seattle. The point total matches the second-highest single-game mark in NBA history set by the late Kobe Bryant in 2006.
Thomas had 40 points by halftime, a first for the guard in his over 553 NBA games. His most recent 40-point game occurred during the 2017 postseason as a Boston Celtic.
Fans gave him a standing ovation by the end of his performance, saluting his impressive array of reverse baskets, crossovers and no-look 3-pointers en route to the 81.
After leaving it all on the floor, Thomas sat against a wall and sobbed into a towel over what could’ve been, had the NBA not abandoned him during the injury.