Wizards vs. Celtics final score: Washington starts cold and ends cold in 107-96 loss

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.

Takeaways

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.

Washington 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.

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Celtics at Wizards Final Score: Irving scores 38 in overtime thriller, drops Washington 130-125

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.

Wizards vs. Celtics final score: Washington ends losing streak with 113-101 win over Boston

John Wall went 4-of-5 from deep and scored a game-high 29 points as the Wizards snapped their four-game losing streak with an emphatic 113-101 victory over the Celtics on Tuesday night. Bradley Beal added 19 points and Markieff Morris scored 13 in the Wizards’ last home game of the regular season.

Jaylen Brown came out scorching hot for the Celtics to start the game. The second-year player made six of his first nine shots, including a 5-for-7 start on 3-point attempts. He racked up 21 points in the first quarter alone as he tried to become the first ever #WizardsKiller to have his jersey retired after one quarter.

Washington locked in defensively in the second quarter which changed the dynamic of the game. After giving up six threes in the first quarter, the Wizards held Boston to just seven the rest of the game. Outside of a minor stretch in the third quarter in which Boston got several second chance-opportunities, the Wizards controlled the glass out-rebounding the Celtics 51-44.

The Wizards slowly took control in this game in the second half but really blew things open in the fourth quarter. Washington went on a 13-5 run to start the period that put the game out of reach and allowed the Wizards to win comfortably.

Washington’s victory ensures they stay within striking distance of the Bucks and Heat in the East standings. They’re still currently in eighth place but can move up as high as sixth depending on how things play out on the final night of the season on Wednesday.

Takeaways

John Wall is still too quick

Other parts of John Wall’s game clearly aren’t fully back but speed isn’t one of them.

With just 3.6 seconds remaining in the first quarter, John Wall scooped up an inbounds pass right in front of the Wizards bench and sprinted from end to end drawing a foul with 0.4 seconds left on the clock.

No one thought Wall would be 100 percent, but the fact that he’s already got his best asset ramped up, his speed, is a very good sign for the Wizards; enough so that he was chasing down blocks and jumping into the crowd for loose balls.

Wall had his bounce tonight and looked to push the ball all evening. His midrange jumper wasn’t falling but that didn’t prevent him from attacking the hole. He was able to earn seven free throws in the first half and finished with nine for the game. His run outs also resulted in some wide-open jumpers in transition and a few showtime opportunities.

He had a few too many turnovers tonight (7), but Washington would surely welcome this John Wall in the playoffs.

Game Notes

Next up: The Wizards finish the regular season in Orlando on Wednesday night as they take on the Magic at 8 p.m.

Wizards vs. Celtics final score: Washington overcomes 20 point deficit in wild 125-124 double-overtime win

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 34 points (including 29 after the first half) while Markieff Morris added 20 and Otto Porter chipped in with 18 as the Wizards executed down the stretch to overcome a rough start and beat the Celtics 125-124 in double overtime on Wednesday night.

The Celtics, playing without Kyrie IrvingAl HorfordJaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart looked like a real-life version of Hoosiers as they connected on 8 of their first 11 shots to put Washington in an early hole. The Wizards trailed by as much as 20 in the first half, but they went on a late run to cut the Celtics’ lead to seven, 59-52, at halftime.

Beal, who was held to just five points in the first half, came roaring to life with 16 points in the third quarter to give the Wizards an 81-80 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Celtics jumped back ahead early in the fourth quarter, but Beal created his own shot several times down the stretch to keep Washington within striking range. Then, with just five seconds remaining and the Wizards down 106-103, Markieff Morris inbounded the ball to a cutting Otto Porter who found Jodie Meeks in the corner for three to tie the game at 106 at the end of regulation.

The Wizards had a chance to ice the game in overtime with a two-point lead, possession of the ball, and just eight seconds to play – but Markieff Morris struggled to get the ball in which led to a turnover. Then, Jayson Tatum made a layup through contact on the ensuing possession to tie the game at 115. Tatum then returned the favor and let the Wizards off the hook, missing a go-ahead free throw with three seconds left which gave Washington a second chance in double overtime.

With the Wizards up 122-119 in the second overtime period, Bradley Beal drove baseline only to get double-teamed in no man’s land. Somehow, he found Tomas Satoransky who kicked it to Markieff Morris for a wide open three to put the Wizards up by six.

The Celtics were able to claw back within one, 125-124 and had an opportunity to take the lead on the final possession, but Tatum’s shot clanked off the back rim as Washington escaped with a much-needed win on the road.

Takeaways

Washington comes through in the clutch

There’s been plenty of chatter lately about Washington’s woes in the clutch, especially on the offensive end late in games. Were the Wizards perfect down the stretch? No. However, they looked a lot more composed and executed as well as you could have asked for in such a tight game.

Let’s break it down by period, shall we?

Fourth Quarter – After Marcus Morris knocked down a corner three-pointer which looked to bury the Wizards, Bradley Beal, the main guy who’s received this criticism remained calm and took Aron Baynes off the dribble for an easy layup to cut the lead to two. The next time down, again, he did his dance and took his man off the dribble for another layup close in to trim the lead to one.

With just five seconds remaining, Scott Brooks drew up an outstanding play in which both Beal and Porter curled off screens hoping to get either of them open for a three-pointer. Porter was not open for three but continued his cut through the lane to find Jodie Meeks in the corner for a wide-open three and he buried it.

Overtime – In the first overtime period, the ball continued to swing as Sato found Porter in the corner for three to open up the overtime period. Satoransky, who was a bit passive with his shot at times in the game, ran a perfectly executed pick-and-roll with Morris only to get fouled and knock down both free throws.

Double Overtime – Beal, who was so tired he could hardly cross half court, stayed in attack mode as he was able to draw a foul and get to the line to start the second overtime. Midway through the period, he took Baynes off the dribble yet again to finish with this nifty reverse layup and the foul to stretch Washington’s lead out to six, 125-119.

Game Notes

  • Ian Mahinmi, who’s played very well since receiving a DNP against Miami the other night had a terrific game with 14 points, 11 rebounds (6 offensive) on 6-of-9 shooting
  • Bad habits are turning into problems for the Wizards. Washington committed 20 turnovers resulting in 25 Boston points. But on the bright side, they only allowed 56 points in the paint!

Next up: The Wizards are off until Saturday when they host the Pacers at 7 p.m. ET.

Wizards vs. Celtics final score: Washington delivers statement in 111-103 win over Boston

The Washington Wizards executed down the stretch to take care of business and beat the Boston Celtics 111-103 for their first Christmas Day victory since 2014.

Washington spread the holiday cheer around today as all five starters plus Kelly Oubre scored in double figures tonight led by Bradley Beal with 25. John Wall turned in one of his best all-around games with 21 points and 14 assists and Otto Porter came up big, especially in the second the half, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

This was the Wizards team we’ve been waiting for. Let’s hope this is the game that sparks the Wizards’ turnaround after an underwhelming start to the season.

Takeaways

Washington executes late

Kyrie Irving hit a three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter to put the Celtics up 95-90. It looked like Washington had lost all their momentum after leading for most of the game. Scott Brooks called a timely timeout and opted to go with the small ball lineup of Wall, Beal, Oubre, Porter, and Morris to end the game. Boy, did it pay dividends.

Washington went on a quick 12-0 run to retake the lead, fueled by several offensive rebounds and highlighted by a corner three-pointer from Kelly Oubre. The Wizards were under control during this stretch and never settled for jumpers that weren’t there. As a result, they generated open shots for Morris and Porter as well as an easy dunk for Oubre.

When it was all said and done, the Wizards outscored the Celtics 21-8 over the final 6:18 to put the game away and reverse the team’s trend of giving games away in the closing minutes.

Kelly Oubre provides the Wizards’ only spark off the bench

Oubre played just six seconds in Game 7 of their series with Boston last season. Tonight, he provided a big spark off of the bench for Washington and was a main key to the victory.

The bench scored just 11 points in the first half with Oubre accounting for nine of them. He was active on the defensive end with numerous deflections and one steal resulting in a dunk for Bradley Beal in transition.

His jumper wasn’t falling early as he missed all three of his three-pointers in the first half, but that didn’t stop him from attacking the hole. He got his first basket of the game in transition with a thunderous dunk and foul.

The third-year wing came up big for the Wizards down the stretch with a set of offensive rebounds and a three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter to give the Wizards the lead for good.

John Wall looked like himself (sort of)

As mentioned, John Wall was terrific in this one, scoring 21 points to go along with 14 assists. However, he was just 8-of-19 from the floor. He struggled with his jumper missing on all three of his three-point attempts and was only able to convert on shots around the hole.

Once Wall got others involved, that’s when things opened up for the Wizards. He notched eight assists after halftime as the Wizards were able to mount the late comeback. He reverted back to getting others involved which is where he thrives. That was one of the main reasons why the Wizards were able to win this game.

Game Notes

  • Apparently, Mike Scott is human. He scored just two points tonight on 1-of-5 shooting.
  • Free throw shooting remains an issue. The Wizards were just 19-28 from the charity stripe tonight.
  • Marcin Gortat notched another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Next up: The Wizards kick travel to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Wizards at Celtics Game 7 Final: Beal’s 38 isn’t enough as Washington falls to Boston, 115-105

Bradley Beal scores a game-high 38 points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Celtics beat the Wizards 115-105 with a balanced team effort. Otto Porter scored 20 while Markieff Morris and John Wall chipped in with 18 points a piece but the Wizards got no help from their bench and ran out of gas late.

The Wizards looked jittery from the get-go and it showed. Washington started the game just 1-7 from the field which allowed the Celtics to get out to an early 10-2 lead and forced Scott Brooks to call a timeout. The timeout settled the Wizards in as they then countered with an 8-0 run of their own to get back in this one. Washington thrived in transition early and scored 10 first quarter points in the fast break but trailed 27-23 after one quarter.

With the bench unit it, the Celtics stretched the lead out to six behind Boston’s nice bench play. Kelly Olynyk had several back door cuts for easy layups while Crowder was also able to get open for easy baskets forcing Brooks to put the starters back in early. After starting just 1-5 from the field, Bradley Beal started to come alive on the offensive end as he scored 14 points in the half and the Wizards led 55-53 at halftime.

Washington’s offense was rolling the start the third quarter. Everyone was sharing the wealth as the Wizards led by as many as six, 70-64 midway through the third quarter. Marcus Smart, who’s struggled mightily in this series, knocked down two three-pointers to tie the game for the Celtics. But playoff Bradley Beal would have none of it. Beal got hot in the quarter including a streak where he connected on six straight field goals and was the Wizards only offense at times. However, the energy plays and 50/50 balls were won by the Celtics and as a result, that propelled them to a 85-79 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Celtics went on an 18-2 run to stretch the lead to 13, 94-81 and it looked like this game might be over. But after a timeout, the Wizards answered with a quick 7-0 run of their own. The fourth quarter had a ton of pace to it, something that was absent during the rest of the game. The Wizards and Celtics went back and forth exchanging jumpers but it was Boston and Kelly Olynyk who hit the big threes down the stretch whereas Washington ran out of gas.

There’d be no comeback this time as the Wizards fall short, 115-105. No Eastern Conference Finals this year and that’s how the season ends.

Wizards vs. Celtics Game 6 final score: Wizards win 92-91 thanks to John Wall’s late three

John Wall buried a three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left as the Wizards beat the Celtics 92-91 to force a Game 7 on Monday night.

After laying an egg in Game 5, the Wizards came out with much more intensity and was the team making all of the hustle plays. However, that didn’t translate on the other end as the Wizards struggled to score at times in the first half. Fortunately, Bradley Beal connected on three of his first four shots to give the Wizards an early lead.

The Celtics’ shooting in the first quarter was even worse. Boston connected on just 4 of their 17 shots in the first quarter but only trailed by five, 22-17 as the Wizards missed a golden opportunity to stretch the lead out but couldn’t due to missed layups and free throws.

With the lead stretched to seven, Washington’s bench came in and blew the lead. The Wizards regained control with a 12-2 run midway through the second quarter to take a 40-30 lead but once again, missed opportunities plagued Washington. John Wall was getting rejected at the rim, Markieff Morris missed a dunk, and the Wizards missed seven free throws in the first half.

Avery Bradley dunked home an alley-oop with just seconds remaining as the Wizards lead quickly disappeared with the Celtics leading, 42-41 at halftime.

Even after starting the game just 1-12 from the field, Wall continued to stay aggressive. Wall went on a personal 7-0 run to get the Wizards back in this one and tie the game at 50. Like games past, Washington felt like they weren’t getting the calls and at times in the third quarter, it got into their heads. Forced shots on the offensive end led to easy dunks or layups for the Celtics on the other end.

The Wizards continued to hang around though. With under a minute remaining, Wall drove and spun past Kelly Olynyk for 2 of his 13 points in the quarter as the Wizards trimmed the deficit to three, 69-66 entering the fourth quarter.

Beal was the Wizards’ only offense to start the fourth quarter. His shot wasn’t falling from three-point range but continued to attack the hole and pull up for mid-range jumpers. With the lead seesawing back and forth, Isaiah Thomas hit a step-back jumper over Markieff Morris to give the Celtics the lead with under three minutes left. Thomas then hit a three over Wall to give the Celtics a 87-82 lead with under two minutes remaining and the Wizards looked dead in the water.

Beal, who started the game 0-7 from three-point range knocked down his first of the game late in the fourth to cut into the lead. After two Wall free-throws to tie the game, the Celtics executed a perfect out of bounds play resulting in a Bradley jumper. Beal would answer on the other end. But once again, the Celtics would execute another out of bounds play, this time with Horford knocking down the jump shot with 7.1 seconds remaining to put the Celtics up by 2.

With the ball in the frontcourt, Porter struggled to inbound it on a play designed for Beal. Wall ended up with the ball in his hands and hit a three over Bradley to give the Wizards a 92-91 lead.

The Celtics would miss a desperation shot at the buzzer to ensure this series will go a full seven games. The winner will be decided in Boston on Monday evening.

Wall, Beal, and Morris get no help

Wall, Beal, and Morris scored all 51 points in the second half for the Wizards. The bench had its moments in the first half, but never amounted to much in the second. Bradley Beal took over in the fourth quarter as he stayed in attack mode throughout the quarter. Morris and Wall helped bring it home with some big shots late.

Wizards sneak out with a win

If were going to be frank, the Wizards probably should not have won this game. They didn’t play like the desperate team for long stretches of this game and were losing the hustle plays in the second and third quarters. The team was too worried about getting calls rather than playing the game at times. However, Wall and Beal carried them late with clutch baskets. Sometimes that’s enough. Now they’ll have a chance to make the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night.