The Washington Wizards defeated the Boston Celtics at home Sunday afternoon, 104-91 in a game that should have been more competitive than it was. The Celtics looked anything but ready to play in their 1 PM ET Valentine’s Day game.
For the Celtics, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker scored 25 points each. The next player to follow in points was Jayson Tatum with just 6 points.
As expected, Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 35 points. He went 10-18 from the field, making 4-9 from beyond the arc. He was perfect from the free-throw line, going 11-11. Rui Hachimura followed with 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. He and Beal finished with a field goal percentage of 55.6. In the first quarter, Hachimura showed great hustle after he cut towards the basket for a sweet finish. See the clip below.
At the end of the first half, the Wizards were up by 12 points. They outscored the Celtics in the first two quarters and it was evident that they had more legs and energy than Boston. Beal put up 18 points in the first half while his “brother” Jayson Tatum struggled offensively, going 3-14 from the field. Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown got the sluggish Celtics going with 15 and 13 points respectively.
With a minute to go in the third quarter, the Wizards compiled a 20-point lead. As the game went on it was only downhill for the Celtics. Washington continued to dig deep and led by as many as 25 points with 5 minutes left in regulation. The Wizards lead was cut to 13 by the end of the game when the bench for both teams took the floor. On Friday, Washington was outscored each quarter by the Knicks and managed to do just that to the Celtics Sunday.