Sometimes you just have to tip your cap.
Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 38 points with none bigger than a deep three-pointer in overtime with just seconds remaining to put the Celtics up for good as Boston drops Washington, 130-125.
In what turned out to be a vintage John Wall game, Wall flirted with a triple-double as he dropped 34 points to go along with 13 assists and 6 rebounds. Kelly Oubre continued his hot December with 20 points off the bench while Bradley Beal and Jeff Green added 22 a piece but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome Boston’s late-game execution down the stretch.
After getting outscored 38-22 in the third quarter and trailing 84-77, it looked like Washington was toast. But that’s when John Wall and the Wizards woke up. Washington opened the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run to regain the lead 85-84 in the blink of an eye. Wall re-entered the game and asserted himself right away with a lob to Thomas Bryant for the dunk bringing a buzz to Capital One Arena.
And that’s when the point guard duel began. John Wall and Kyrie Irving have had many epic battles in the past and the only difference this time was that Irving was wearing a Celtics jersey. Whenever Irving and the Celtics scored, Wall answered with a bucket of his own. Wall was relentless in attacking the rim in the fourth quarter as he got to the hole with ease.
With just 13 seconds remaining and the Wizards looking dead in the water, Bradley Beal went to the free-throw line. He made the first free-throw to cut the lead to two, 113-111. He missed his second free-throw but miraculously, it bounced right to him as he laid it in for a layup to tie the ballgame at 113 as we’d be heading to overtime.
The Celtics out-hustled the Wizards on the offensive glass to start the overtime period resulting in easy putback attempts and regaining the lead, 118-114. But just like in regulation, Wall continued to attack the hole and finish.
There was a scary sequence for Wall when he drove through the lane and got tangled up with Irving resulting in him landing awkwardly. After a quick breather, Wall would re-enter the game.
With the Wizards up 123-122, Wall crowded Irving on the wing but Kyrie pulled up for a three as Boston regained the lead, 125-123. Next time down with the game tied at 125, Kyrie would splash in a three from Montgomery County for the dagger putting Boston up for good.
Boston wins an overtime thriller, 130-125.