The Boston Celtics host John Wall and the streaking Washington Wizards. Coming into this game the Wizards won six of their last eight contests, propelling them to the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference. The key matchup to watch for both teams has to be the point guard battle. John Wall and Isaiah Thomas are both elite for their position, yet the two have very different playing styles. After a tough loss in Toronto the previous night, the C's are looking to bounce back with a quick home victory before they hit the road again.
Marcus Smart will start in place of Avery Bradley and Jordan Mickey will start in place of Amir Johnson.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 11, 2017
I.T came out firing with eight early points, possibly wanting to prove something due to the fact he lost the player of the month award to Wall. Starters for each side began the game hot, shooting over 60% halfway through the first quarter. Turnovers were piling up for the Celtics first-unit as they gave the ball away six times.
Bradley Beal with 16 points in the first 9 minutes of this game. The Celtics might be missing Avery Bradley in that matchup.— Brian Robb (@CelticsHub) January 12, 2017
The Celtics continue to miss their first-team All NBA defender Avery Bradley, as Bradley Beal shot a perfect 4-4 from beyond the arc in nine mintues. Through one quarter Boston leads the shootout against the Wizards, 36-35.
The Celtics just scored 36 points in a quarter with eight turnovers. 13 for 18 from the field. 8 for 11 from deep. Lead by one. Wut.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 12, 2017
Jae Crowder came out firing, scoring 14 points during the first quarter while making four treys, and the Celtics lead the Wizards 36-35.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 12, 2017
The second quarter began with both bench units bringing the ridiculously high shooting percentages back down to normal. Washington regained the lead, 43-40, with the score going back and forth between the two squads.
Terry Rozier defies gravity for the and-one bucket! 💪 pic.twitter.com/rUShBE0Uk1— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 12, 2017
With two questionable calls going against Thomas, he was given a technical foul by the officials. Soon after that, the Celtics were then called for their second defensive three-seconds violation. Mental mistakes and turnovers (10) had been killing any type of momentum that Boston was creating.
At the end of the first half the Wizards led the Celtics, 59-55. Beal leads all scorers with 18 points, while Otto Porter Jr. went a perfect 6-6 from the field. Washington has the advantage over Boston in two key areas, turnovers (+6) and assists (+8). Coach Brad Stevens needs to find a way to clean up the sloppy play on both sides of the ball if the Celtics want to win.
Otto Porter vs. Boston this year...— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) January 12, 2017
19-24 from the floor, 4-6 from 3.
45 points in 55 minutes.
8 assists/0 turnovers https://t.co/tfJP56Q5xS
The Celtics trail the Wizards 59-55 at halftime. Jae Crowder leads the C's with 14 points, while IT has 11 of his own. pic.twitter.com/8hy0Tiu1XQ— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 12, 2017
Much like how the game started, both first-units came out of halftime shooting the ball well. At the nine-minute mark of the third quarter, Marcus Smart and Beal got into a scuffle after the two were tangled up under the basket. Following the altercation, the Wizards were able to somewhat pull away for their largest lead of the game, 77-69, forcing Stevens to call for a timeout.
After Washington was able to build a double-digit lead, the Celtics answered with a 7-0 run to cut down the lead. With 28 points, Beal picked up a key fourth foul which took him out of the game for the rest of the third. Heading into the final twelve mintues, Boston now trails by only a single possession, 85-83.
We're headed to the final frame w/ the C's trailing the Wizards 85-83. Crowder leads BOS w/ 20 pts, Thomas 18 pts. Beal has 28 pts for WAS.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 12, 2017
Early in the fourth quarter Thomas finished with a key and-one, followed by a Rozier pull-up and Gerald Green lay-up. This put the Celtics up by three points, after trailing for most of the game.
Isaiah Thomas just pointed at his wrist, like, "It's time."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 12, 2017
8 points in the first 4:32 of the fourth quarter for Isaiah Thomas tonight. Just another day at the office for him.— Brian Robb (@CelticsHub) January 12, 2017
Going into the final two mintues, the Wizards seemed to have cooled off by missing their last six shot attempts. John Wall finished the game shooting 4-21 from the field, as Thomas scored a game-high 38 points.
More M-V-P chants for Isaiah Thomas, who now has 18 points in the fourth quarter and 26 for the game.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 12, 2017
Photo Credit: Brian Babineau
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