John Wall and the Wizards dominate the Celtics, 110-99
The Boston Celtics found themselves on the wrong end of a beatdown at the hands of the Washington Wizards Tuesday night, 110-99. Jaylen Brown had a monster start to the game and aside from a few highlight-reel plays that was just about the lone bright spot for the C's in this one. Brown led the team with 27 points on 8 of 17 shooting (6-10 from three) and Al Horford chipped in a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
John Wall skated close to triple-double territory for the Wizards as he tallied 24 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds while shooting 50% from the field. Bradley Beal chipped in 19 points and the other Morris twin, Markieff Morris, finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds.
Brown went off in the 1st, scoring 21 points and hitting 4 threes to put the C's up big early. His massive scoring outburst was the most in the 1st quarter for a Celtic since Paul Pierce was donning the green and white.
The Wizards rebounded in the 2nd, led by 16 points from Wall plus 12 points and 5 boards from Otto Porter Jr. They helped the Wizards knot the score at 52, before Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum closed out the half with this majestic gem to put the C's back on top heading into the break:
The Wiz carried their 2nd quarter momentum into the 2nd half. They kept the pressure on the Celtics with some solid defense, holding the C's 18 points in the frame, whilst retaking the lead and then extending it.
#Celtics offense stuck in neutral, and #Wizards lead 79-72 after 3Q. Brown 22, Tatum 12; Wall 24, Beal 12.
The Wizards ran away with the game in the 4th, setting up a lot of interesting matchups and playoff possibilities for the final day of the regular season. While the Celtics are slotted in comfortably in the 2nd-seed, we won't know their 1st-round opponent until the games are played tomorrow.