In their fourth and final meeting this regular season, the Celtics prevailed 110-102 over the Wizards, tying the series at two apiece. Boston moved to 45-26, while Washington dropped to 42-28. Washington’s now 2.5 games behind Boston for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
For the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas led the way with 25 points while Avery Bradley chipped in 20 more. For the Wizards, John Wall led with 16 points and 8 assists.
This game started out on the right foot. The Wizards came out strong by hitting 8 of their first 13 shots, behind Bradley Beal knocking down four quick shots. However, Boston came alive soon after and went on several big runs to head into halftime with a 58-47 lead. Along the way, Terry Rozier welcomed Jennings to the rivalry, with a shove at the half court line:
Second half is underway in Boston, where Terry Rozier blatantly shoved Brandon Jennings to the parquet. pic.twitter.com/6IgmIzLbOD— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) March 21, 2017
After that, Boston would go on a 7-0 run, following a three from Isaiah Thomas putting them up by 3 points with 6:19 to go in the half.
The Wizards struggled on the boards all night with Boston outrebounding them 54-39 on the night. That helped Boston pick up right where they left off in the first half as they blew the game open to a 74-54 lead at one point in the third quarter.
The Wizards managed to make things a bit interesting in the fourth quarter as the bench and the starters made a run of their own. Washington would cut the 20 point deficit to a 106-100 thriller with a Kelly Oubre Jr steal and slam dunk with just over two minutes left in the game. Marcus Smart came right back to respond with a floater down the lane on the next possession, and the game was decided by then. Ultimately, this game wasn’t as close as the final score indicated.
The Wizards will have a chance to get back in the win column on Wednesday when they host the Hawks.