From the Associated Press:
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Isaiah Thomas tormented his former team, scoring 21 points and leading the Boston Celtics over the Sacramento Kings 114-97 Thursday night in the NBA’s third regular-season game played in Mexico.
The game drew an announced crowd of 18,660.
Thomas, who played for the Kings from 2011-14, scored 19 points in the first half. He shot 8 for 14 overall and had nine assists, helping the Celtics win for the fourth time in their last five games.
Kelly Olynyk added 21 points for the Celtics while Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder each had 20.
Rudy Gay scored 18 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 16 for the Kings, who lost for the third time in their last four games.
Rajon Rondo, playing against his former team for the second time in his career, was sent off in the third quarter after a double technical foul and finished with five points for the Kings.
Rondo also faced the Celtics last season, when he was playing for the Dallas and scored 29 points in 119-101 win.
This time the outcome was quite different because Boston took control of the game early on with Thomas scoring nine points in the first eight minutes. Olynyk added back-to-back baskets at the end of the first quarter to open the lead to 32-17 and the Celtics were in control the rest of the way.
The lead grew to 20 points after a 3-pointer by Thomas from the left corner with 9:05 left in the second quarter. After making the shot, the Celtics point guard gave a long stare at the Kings bench.
The game marked the 22nd time that the NBA played in Mexico, the most of any country outside of the U.S and Canada.
It’s one of only two NBA regular season games to be played abroad this season.
Orlando will play Toronto on Jan. 14 in London.
The Celtics forced 19 turnovers, just a little below their league-leading average (19.2).
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Kings were the home team in Mexico City but most of the fans in the Arena Ciudad de Mexico wore green colors and cheered loudly for Boston. According to the NBA office in Mexico, the Celtics, Lakers and the Bulls are the most popular teams in the country. Boston played for the first time on Mexican soil.
Celtics play at San Antonio on Saturday.
Kings play at Houston on Saturday.
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