The Washington Wizards started Wednesday night’s game with two early blocks and lockdown defense. The issues, however, came on the offensive end; the visitors went over three and a half minutes without making a field goal in the team’s 116–107 road win over the Boston Celtics.
Bradley Beal’s struggles from deep continued through the opening six minutes of the first quarter. Beal began the night shooting 21% from behind the arc and finished the contest 0-for-6 from downtown.
A 6–0 Wizards run capped by a Beal drive-by two flipped the script and forced the C’s to ask for a stoppage. After 12 minutes in the books, the Wizards led by five and held the Celtics to a season-low 19 first-quarter points on 8-for-24 shooting.
A 14-point Washington advantage started to dissipate during the second, as a 7–0 Boston run cut the lead to seven courtesy of five points, one steal and one assist from Dennis Schroder.
With 3:20 left in the quarter and Washington (3–1) ahead by nine, Daniel Gafford and Jaylen Brown knocked knees, and the Wizards’ big man looked to be in significant pain. He was later ruled out with a right quad contusion.
Montrezl Harrell paced the scoring for the away side, netting 17 in the first half. For the hosts, Schroder had 15 in the second.
Early in the third, the Celtics (2–3) cut the deficit to three, but the Wizards went on an 11–0 lead to take a commanding advantage. The C’s came back with Schroder, who put the hosts within 10 and forced a Wizards timeout. Seventeen points from Jayson Tatum in the third quarter turned the match into a one-point affair.
Up one to begin the fourth, the Wizards, despite some nervy moments down the stretch, closed out the Celtics in Boston thanks to a team-high 25 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks from Harrell. Spencer Dinwiddie put up 22 points and Beal logged a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Tatum led the way for the hosts with 23 points and seven rebounds; Schroder was the second-leading scorer with 22 points and six assists off the bench.