Celtics’ offense comes alive against Wizards
The Boston Celtics ended their three game losing streak on Friday by beating the Washington Wizards, 118-98, at the TD Garden as they improved their record to 2-3. Head Coach Brad Stevens chose to go back to the starting lineup of (point guard) Isaiah Thomas, (shooting guard) Avery Bradley, (small forward) Jae Crowder, (power forward) Amir Johnson, (center) Jared Sullinger, after showing effective chemistry in their loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
In the first few minutes of the game, the Celtics looked as if they were going to have another rough night as the Wizards hit their first 3-4 shots and took an 8-3 lead.
After taking a full timeout, the Celtics came back more poised on both sides of the ball to take a 19-16 lead. At the end of the first quarter, the Celtics lead the Wizards 40-25 after shooting 65% from the field and grabbing six steals.
The second quarter, looked much like the first, as the Celtics did not take their foot off the gas on either side of the floor. The Celtics kept up their exceptional shooting and went on a 23-11 run in the first seven and half minutes of the quarter. They closed out the half with a 72 -49 lead with a 61.5% field goal percentage.
As for the defensive side of the ball, the Celtics forced 11 turnovers and held the Wizards to just 16.7% from the three point line.
The Celtics were not as efficient shooting in the third quarter as they shot 53.3% from the field, but were still able to extend their lead to 26 points to lead 100-76.
In the fourth quarter, both teams emptied their benches and the Celtics coasted to their 20 point win.
The Celtics ended the game with five different players scoring double digit points, as they shot 45.5% from the field and 40% from the three point line. They held the Wizards to just 40.9% from the field and 32% from the three point line. The Celtics also forced 24 turnovers and had seven different players with at least one steal.
Jared Sullinger had a team high of 21 points (11 in the first quarter) and Avery Bradley added 19 points behind him.
Jae Crowder left the game late in the fourth quarter with a bruised knee, but not without accumulating a double-double, by scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. He also led the game with five steals.
Isaiah Thomas and John Wall lead the game with eight assists a piece.
Bradley Beal had the game-high of 24 points.
Coach Stevens gave all three rookies, Terry Rozier, R. J. Hunter, and Jordan Mickey, time off the bench. Rozier scored his first two points in his NBA career and ended the game with five points, three assists, and a rebound.
The Celtics will be looking to keep their momentum going as they play against the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Tuesday.