The Celtics beat the Wizards 110-102 in a game that was not nearly as close as the final score would indicate. Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Celtics with 25 points while Avery Bradley chipped with 20 as the Boston victory gives them a 2.5 game lead over Washington in the standings.
Washington started this one out well connecting on 8-13 shots including eight points from Beal as they took and early 19-12 lead. That was short-lived however as Boston would counter with a 12-0 run of their own to regain control, 24-19. Bradley Beal scored 12 points in the period and the Wizards shot 45 percent but Boston shot and impressive 54 percent as they led 30-28 after one.
Brandon Jennings, who has struggled to score since joining the Wizards broke out of that slump tonight. Jennings came in and was instant offense for Washington as he scored 10 points to go along with seven assists tonight.
Things got chippy between Brandon Jennings and Terry Rozier midway through the period. Jennings looked to initiate contact and as the two were crossing half court, Rozier bulldozed Jennings over.
Cooler heads would prevail however the Celtics would go on a 16-5 run after the scuffle to gain control of this game and take a 58-47 lead into halftime.
The Celtics continued that run into the third quarter as they stretched the lead out to 20, 74-54 at the blink of an eye and enjoyed a comfortable, 92-75 lead after three quarters.
Jason Smith showed a bit of life for the Wizards hitting on two corner threes as the bench made a last-ditch effort to come back in this one. Kelly Oubre stripped Isaiah Thomas at halfcourt and jammed it home as the Wizards were able to get within six, 106-100 with two minutes to play.
However Marcus Smart would answer on the other end and that would be that. Wizards lose 110-102.
Wizards get crushed on the glass
Washington was outrebounded 54-39 on the glass tonight and gave up a season-high 20 offensive rebounds. The Celtics were making all of the hustle plays which was not good for Washington considering that the Celtics played yesterday. The frontcourt of Gortat-Morris-Porter combined for just 11 rebounds while Kelly Olynyk, a bench player, snagged 11 rebounds for the Celtics off the bench.
Wizards struggle from 3
Washington was just 8-35 from three-point range tonight with Beal and Smith combining to knock down six of those. Otto Porter, the league’s best shooter missed all three three-point attempts tonight while Markieff Morris was just 1-6 in his first game back from his illness. Additionally, Bojan Bogdanovic seems to have hit a cold streak too as he missed all five of his attempts.