What a game! The Washington Wizards are now 5-1 after getting a double overtime 115-112 win over the Boston Celtics. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who did not have a great game made up for it with a game-sealing steal over Jaylen Brown.
Caldwell-Pope along with Bradley Beal had costly turnovers in the fourth quarter followed by a missed free throw by Spencer Dinwiddie that would’ve won the game. In the first overtime it was back and forth and Beal tied the game with a driving lay-up to force another overtime.
Another overtime with back and forth but Beal hits a driving layup followed by Dinwiddie with this floater to take a 115-112 lead.
A bad pass from Jayson Tatum had the hopes high for Washington but then Caldwell-Pope throws a bad inbound pass with 14 seconds left giving the Celtics enough time to possibly tie the game.
Think again! Caldwell-Pope came through and sealed the game with this steal over Brown. What a way to be creative with your mistakes.
KCP with the clutch strip to secure the 2OT win over the Celtics pic.twitter.com/IFECakfTNL— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 31, 2021
All Wizards starters except for one was in double figures to end the night. Beal had 36 points in 46 minutes of play, Dinwiddie and Harrell had 20 points apiece, and Kyle Kuzma added 17 points along with a career-high in rebounds with 17. Harrell also had 14 boards.
For the Celtics, Brown had 34 points and Tatum had 27 points and 15 rebounds. Boston was also 2-of-26 from three-point range for the game.
FIRST HALF SUMMARY
Let’s take a look at how the Wizards favored in the first half. Washington led the Celtics 53-47 behind Beal and Harrell who had 14 points each at the half. Harrell has been the biggest X-factor for Washington as he’s been averaging 14.4 points in the paint, but he does have some range as well. Harrell made this shot at the halftime buzzer and the crowd loved it.
I suppose we can still call him the Latvian Laser as Davis Bertans had seven points at the half doing what he does best…knocking down three-pointers.
First half defense for Washington was decent as well as they held the Celtics to zero made three-point shots out of 15 attempts. Jayson Tatum only had eight points and Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 17 points. In the first half Boston shot 20-50 from the floor.
The Wizards are now 2-0 over the Celtics and hope to do the same as they travel to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Monday. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and televised on NBC Sports Washington.