Seven Celtics scored in double-figures as they took down the Wizards 107-96 on Friday night. Bradley Beal was terrific yet again, scoring 29 points on a night where every other Wizard struggled to put the ball in the basket.
Everyone knew tonight’s game tipped off at 8 pm Eastern. I knew, you knew, the fans knew, but for some reason, the Wizards didn’t play like they knew. Just like in Brooklyn the other night, the Wizards were ice cold from the field to start the game. They missed their first ten field goal attempts and quickly found themselves in a 13-2 hole. It was one of Washington’s worst quarters of the season offensively as they shot just 7-of-23 from the field with players not named Bradley Beal going 3-of-15.
The Wizards found their legs in the second quarter and got back in the game, turning Boston turnovers into easy transition buckets. Washington looked to run on every Boston live-ball turnover, which led to 21 transition points in the first half. Somehow, someway, the Wizards went into halftime only down by four points after what felt like a blowout for most of the half.
The Celtics made their first four shots of the second half and looked like they might open this one up but once again, Bradley Beal kept Washington in it with 11 points in the third period to keep Washington within striking distance and made it a one-point game at the end of the quarter.
Boston started the fourth quarter by connecting on just one of their first five shots, but the Wizards bailed them out with their own dry spell. They committed four turnovers on four straight possessions and went 4:40 without a field goal in the fourth quarter. The Celtics went on an extended 21-7 run to pull away and didn’t look back. Washington only mustered up 15 points in the fourth quarter as they suffered their fifth loss in six games.
Bradley Beal keeps humming along
What more is there to say about a guy who probably just had the best month of his career averaging 30 points per game in February?
Beal was outstanding yet again tonight with 29 points to go along 11 rebounds and six assists. If it weren’t for Beal’s performance, this one would have gotten ugly and quickly as he was the only Wizards player who was a consistent scoring threat tonight.
This was Beal’s 16th straight game of at least 20 points.
Washington sleepwalks through another first quarter
Just like in Brooklyn Wednesday night, the Wizards came out without an ounce of interest in playing. Washington missed their first 10 shots of the night and found themselves in a 13-2 hole in a blink of an eye. It wasn’t because Boston was playing stellar defense or anything, Washington just couldn’t buy a bucket.
Wide open threes clanked off the rim, midrange jumpers fell short, and even layups were a problem for the Wizards early on as they didn’t record their first field goal of the game until the 6:15 mark of the period. The Wizards trailed the Celtics by 15 in the first quarter and if Boston wasn’t coughing the ball up as frequently as Washington, this one could have been a lot uglier.
Bradley Beal scored 10 of the Wizards’ 20 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the period but the rest of the squad combined to shoot just 3-of-15 from the field and 1-of-7 from three-point range.
gets out leaks out in transition
Just by looking at the box score, you’d think Washington had their way in transition. And they did, sort of.
The Wizards scored 26 fast break points tonight (21 in the first half) but will now be referred to as leak-out points, because that’s what they were. Washington clawed their way back in the first half (by design or not) by having a guy leak out in transition when Boston put up a shot.
Washington wasn’t playing great defense in the first half but the Celtics were loose with the ball which the Wizards turned into easy leak-out dunks. The Wizards only had five transition points in the second half but regardless, it’s usually a good night when you get 26 points on counter attack opportunities.
Next up: The Wizards (25-37) return home to host the Minnesota Timberwolves (29-33) on Sunday at 6 pm Eastern Time.