The Washington faithful have been waiting for a game like this. Otto Porter scored a career-high 34 points and tied a career-high with 14 rebounds as the Wizards blew out the Celtics, 118-93. John Wall chipped in with 19 points and seven assists but was ejected for a second consecutive game as he committed a hard foul on Marcus Smart in the fourth quarter.
The Wizards busted out of the starting gate on a 23-4 run behind the hot shooting of Otto Porter as they put together their most complete quarter together and led, 34-8 after one.
The Celtics were able to chip away at the lead and trailed by just 15, 58-43 at halftime.
Bradley Beal’s shot wasn’t falling tonight so he made it his duty to attack the hole to start the third quarter. Brad was able to get a basket around the rim and get to the free throw line but injured himself during the quarter and never returned.
Marcus Smart got hot for the Celtics scoring 16 of his 20 points in the third quarter. Even behind the hot scoring from Smart, the Wizards still maintained a 20 point lead, 89-69 entering the fourth quarter.
John Wall was his usual self tonight attacking the hole in transition. A frustrated Wall didn’t think the referees were giving him the benefit of the doubt so he fouled Marcus Smart hard after a presumed missed call. Wall was ejected from the game for a flagrant-2 foul.
The Wizards would ride Otto Porter and great production from the bench as they’d close this one out with ease, 118-93.
Otto Porter has a career night: Porter stuffed the stat sheet tonight with 34 points, 14 rebounds (7 OREB), 4 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. Otto had many highlights tonight. He rejected rookie Jaylen Brown at the rim:
And scored his career-high 30th point on this bucket.
It’s great to see Porter explode for these types of numbers, especially when Bradley Beal played for just 11 minutes tonight.
Great game from the bench: The bench put together another great game combining for 44 points tonight behind 18 from Trey Burke and 16 from Marcus Thornton. Tomas Satoransky wasn’t much of a scoring threat but made his presence felt by chipping in with four assists and four rebounds. Daniel Ochefu even got in on the action with his first NBA basket of the season.
Wizards shoot well from three-point range: The Wizards knocked down 10 three-pointers for the second straight game. Porter and Burke each hit three, three-pointers tonight while Marcus Thornton added two. Three-point shooting was an issue for this team through the first few games. It looks like they may have found something.