With the Wizards down two with 3.6 seconds to play, John Wall raced the length of the court for a layup that rolled off the rim as time expired. The Wizards’ four-game win streak is halted at four as the Celtics win 119-117 in a wild one at Verizon Center.
John Wall put on a show tonight with 36 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds, and seven steals but it was Isaiah Thomas (32 points) and Celtics who got the last laugh.
Both teams started this game hot as the Celtics hit 5-7 shots to start the game and the Wizards were not far behind knocking down 5-8 to start the contest. John Wall was in one-man fast break mode as he took on multiple Celtics’ defenders in transition on three occasions in the first half.
Marcin Gortat had a nice game in his first game back after resting his ailing knee. The Polish Hammer also had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wizards led 61-54 at halftime.
The Wizards came out sleepwalking to start the third quarter. After a Dudley three-pointer, the Celtics went on a 14-0 run to regain the lead. Wall ended the lethargy with a reverse layup and step-back jumper to stop the Celtics run.
The Wizards ended the quarter on a 15-4 run highlighted from a tic-tac-toe pass from Oubre to Nene to Temple who’d finish with a layup and the foul.
Once again, the Wizards came out slow in the fourth quarter turning the ball over on their first three possessions.
Midway through the fourth, Gortat found Wall on a leak out pass who slammed it home past Kelly Olynyk:
That got the Wizards’ faithful back into it as the Wizards’ regained the lead 95-93.
The Celtics held the lead, but just barely, for the latter part of the fourth quarter. With just 30 seconds remaining, Brad Stevens drew up a play for Avery Bradley who knocked down a three-pointer to give the Celtics a 114-110 lead.
John Wall was fouled on a three-pointer the next time down the court and would knock down 2-3 foul shots. Jae Crowder looked to have some words for DeJuan Blair on the bench as Crowder picked up a technical giving the Wizards another free throw.
The Celtics converted a layup with 3.6 seconds remaining.
John Wall took the inbounds pass the length of the court but it would roll off the rim as time expired. Celtics win 119-117.
John Wall puts on a show: Everything was clicking for the Wall-Star tonight. Wall was in takeover mode right from the beginning logging 36 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds, and seven steals in 44 minutes of play. Wall laid it all on the court tonight and there’s nothing more the Wizards’ faithful could have asked of him. Wall was terrific in transition, found his teammates as evidenced by his 13 assists, and looked extremely confident rising up for jump shots.
Wizards have too many defensive lapses: The Wizards played really good defense in the first half. The second half? Not so much. The Wizards came out sleepwalking to start the second half. After a made three by Dudley, the Celtics went on a 14-0 run. After the Wizards went on a run of their own, the Celtics countered with another 10-2 run to take control of the lead. Yes, runs are a part of the game and yes they happen often but when your energy level switch on the court flips on and off, that’s not a good thing. Additionally, the Wizards gave up 17 offensive rebounds to a Celtics’ frontline which isn’t known for putting up those kinds of numbers. Some of it was due to effort, some of it due to some questionable lineups down the stretch.