The Washington Wizards stated that this game was going to be the Boston Celtics’ “funeral” and it turned out to be true as they defeated Boston 123-108 in a dominant performance. The Wizards players went along with the funeral theme by showing up the arena in all black:
This game never went Boston’s way as they allowed the Wizards to shoot over 70% from the floor in the first quarter including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Washington held a 33-24 advantage heading into the second quarter where they continued they’re stellar shooting, making four more threes and scoring 33 points to hold a 66-59 lead heading into the half.
The Celtics got better defensively in the third quarter forcing the Wizards to shoot a significantly lower percentage and give up five turnovers. Boston’s problem in this quarter was that their offense wasn’t clicking and only put up 21 points in the quarter, allowing Washington to hold a decent 91-80 lead heading into the final frame.
Time for the King of the Fourth to take over now, right? Wrong. Isaiah Thomas had an off night in this game as he posted 25 points along with 13 assists but shot 7-19 from the floor, including 1-6 from three-point range. Boston’s offense ended up putting 28 points in the quarter, but their defense let up 32 points and let the Wizards hold their lead, finishing the game at 123-108.
After things got heated in the team’s last meeting, both teams wanted this game badly but the Wizards were the ones who were able to turn in a better all-around game. Bradley Beal dropped a game-high 31 points and John Wall wasn’t far behind him with 27 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 7 assists. They talked the trash heading into the game and were able to back it up in the game frustrating the Celtics for their third straight loss.
Things don’t get any easier for the C’s either as James Harden and the Hoston Rockets are coming to town on Wednesday night for Boston’s second game of a doubleheader. Boston will have to be at their best against one of the best team’s in the West if they want to snap this losing streak.