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Isaiah Thomas outduels John Wall in historic playoff scoring battle

Isaiah Thomas put himself in rarified air.

John Wall helped lift him into another elite class.

Thomas (53 points) and Wall (40 points) became just the 16th opponents each to score 40 in a playoff game, accomplishing in the feat in the Celtics’ Game 2 win over the Wizards last night.

The last pair to do it was Dirk Nowitzki (48 points) and Kevin Durant (40 points) in 2011, when the Mavericks beat the Thunder. By harmonic mean, Allen Iverson (48 points) and Shaquille O’Neal (44 points) had the only higher combination on the list, going head-to-head in the 2001 NBA Finals.

Here’s every playoff game where a player on each team scored 40 points:

DateWinnerLoser
5/2/2017Isaiah Thomas (BOS): 53John Wall (WAS): 40
5/17/2011Dirk Nowitzki (DAL): 48Kevin Durant (OKC): 40
5/11/2009Dirk Nowitzki (DAL): 44Carmelo Anthony (DEN): 41
5/18/2008Paul Pierce (BOS): 41LeBron James (CLE): 45
5/3/2006LeBron James (CLE): 45Gilbert Arenas (WAS): 44
6/6/2001Allen Iverson (PHI): 48Shaquille O’Neal (LAL): 44
6/1/2001Ray Allen (MIL): 41Allen Iverson (PHI): 46
4/24/2001Allen Iverson (PHI): 45Reggie Miller (IND): 41
6/11/1993Michael Jordan (CHI): 42Charles Barkley (PHX): 42
4/23/1992Brad Daugherty (CLE): 40Drazen Petrovic (NJN): 40
5/8/1991Chris Mullin (GOS): 41Magic Johnson (LAL): 44
4/22/1984Bernard King (NYK): 46Kelly Tripucka (DET): 40
4/12/1972Jim McMillian (LAL): 42Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (MIL): 40
3/31/1972Lou Hudson (ATL): 41John Havlicek (BOS): 43
4/25/1969Jerry West (LAL): 41John Havlicek (BOS): 43
4/10/1963Sam Jones (BOS): 47Oscar Robertson (CIN): 43