Isaiah Thomas highlights: Ex-Celtic shines in Lakers debut

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Highlights: Isaiah Thomas shines in impressive Lakers debut originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Isaiah Thomas' ability to get buckets still translates to the NBA level.

The former Boston Celtics star played his first game for the Lakers on Friday night after signing a 10-day contract with Los Angeles on Thursday.

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Thomas received a standing ovation from the visiting Minnesota crowd when he checked in against the Timberwolves in the second quarter, a sign of his popularity across the league.

While the 32-year-old only played 21 minutes off the bench, he made the most of them, racking up 19 points on 5 of 12 shooting (2 for 6 from 3-point range) with two rebounds, an assist and a block in his first NBA game action since April 12.

Thomas' first bucket came on a nifty floater in the lane, and he also connected on a contested stepback jumper.

The Lakers lost in a 110-92 rout, but it was great to see Thomas doing his thing after he dropped 42 points in a G League game earlier in the week.

Thomas is on a 10-day contract and is serving as guard depth with Avery Bradley in health and safety protocols, so it's unclear whether he'll stick with L.A. The former Celtics All-Star was thrilled to be back on an NBA court Friday night, though.

The Lakers' next game is Sunday against the Bulls in Chicago.