The Celtics came out flat once again and fell to the Wizards 118 - 93. Washington was unexpectedly led by Otto Porter with 34 points and 14 rebounds. The Wizards once led by 26 points and never truly looked back. The real story of the game was the Celtics being out-rebounded 54-31. Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley led the team with 23 and 21 points respectively. Marcus Smart finished with 20 off the bench.
To describe how poorly the Celtics rebounded, the 5'9" Thomas led the team with 6 rebounds.
Coach Brad Stevens chose not to shake up the starters but it was another slow start for the C's. The Wizards came out with a quick 12-2 lead in the opening minutes. It wasn't long before the lead extended to 25-4 with less than 5 minutes to play. The season long trend of opponents 3's going down from everywhere continued. Washington closed the first quarter 34-8 and finished 6 of 7 from deep. Otto Porter chipped in 3-3 on his own.
Boston seemed like they were finding life when an Amir Johnson slam shrunk the lead to 16, but a 7-0 run by Washington brought the lead back up to 23 with 6 minutes to go in the half. A late surge however behind Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas from both ends of the floor led to a 43-28 deficit at halftime.
The teams traded baskets for much of the third quarter despite some of Marcus Smart's best efforts to date this season. Smart made 4 three-pointers for a team high 20 points heading into the final frame.
In the fourth quarter, John Wall was ejected for the second straight game after a difficult to understand "throwdown" of Smart. It didn't make a difference as Washington switched to cruise control for the rest of the game.
The Celtics will look to bounce back Friday night at home against the Knicks.
Photo Credit: Boston.com
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