On Wednesday night the Washington Wizards gave a shorthanded Boston Celtics a taste of their own medicine erasing a 20-point deficit to pull out a 125-124 double overtime win at the TD Garden.
With Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness), Jaylen Brown (concussion), Al Horford (illness) and Marcus Smart (right thumb sprain) all out of the lineup, Guerschon Yabusele got his first career NBA start.
Tonight’s starting lineup is:— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 14, 2018
Coming into the game, it looked like the C’s would have an somewhat advantage over the Wizards, who were playing the second of a back-to-back.
The Celtics jumped out to a 37-23 lead at the end of the first after knocking down six-of-seven from three-point land, and Marcus Morris dropping a quick dime.
Greg Monroe 10-point games w/Boston— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) March 15, 2018
First 6 games: 0
Last 6 games: 4
After a first quarter dominated by the Celtics, the Wizards went on a 21-8 run to pull within seven to close out the first half.
With 3:35 left in the third, the Wizards would eventually erase a 20-point deficit following a 37-17 run, to take a 77-76 lead.
Bradley Beal went off for 14 of his game-high 34 points in the third, to help the Wizards take an 81-80 lead into the fourth.
Boston would take a quick four-point lead in the first two minutes of the fourth and were up by as much as six, but they couldn’t hold down the stretch, even with Abdel Nader knocking down buckets like this:
Nader beats the shot clock off the inbounds play! pic.twitter.com/BVcuWLxb8f— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 15, 2018
The Celtics held a one-point lead with 50.8 seconds to play in the longest, most drawn out part of the game.
Marcus Morris would go onto to knock down what should’ve been the three-point dagger, which put the C’s up by four with 44.5 seconds to play in the game.
Beal then responds with a basket of his own, pulling the Wizards within two of the Celtics.
Jayson Tatum then makes it to the line, shooting two, and only making one, giving the C’s a 104-101 lead.
And guess what? Beal responds again with another made basket.
Following the made basket, Beal would go onto knock the ball out of bounds and the Celtics follow up with a timeout to advance ball.
On a well drawn up inbounds play by Brad Stevens, Shane Larkin receives the inbounds pass and draws the foul. He’d nail both free throws, giving the Celtics a 106-103 lead with 12.5 seconds to play in the game.
With the game on the line, Beal pulls up from three and misses, but the Wizards get the offensive rebound after they retain possession following an official review after the ball was knocked out of bounds on the play with five seconds left on the clock.
The Wizards would make the most of their second opportunity, with the Celtics not using their last foul to give and Jodie Meeks knocking down an open three-pointer, to tie it all up at 106, with 2.4 seconds to play and would eventually force overtime.
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After more back and forth action in overtime, it all came down to the final two minutes once again. The Wizards led by three points with 1:37 to play, but Terry Rozier III would tie things up at 113, with another clutch three-pointer.
The Wizards went up by two with 19.6 seconds left in the game after a pair of made free throws by Otto Porter Jr.
Things started to look grim for the C’s after Tatum threw away a well-defended inbounds pass that was intended for Morris. But with 8.8 seconds to go, the C’s would get the ball back after a tough Markieff Morris pass that went right off Beal’s finger tips.
But things brightened up in a hurry for the Celtics, with Tatum having a chance to redeem himself after a tremendous finish at the rim, that drew an and-one.
TATUM TIES IT TO SEND IT TO DOUBLE OT pic.twitter.com/bl5DAXainv— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 15, 2018
With the game tied at 115, Tatum would miss the game-winning and-one free throw with 3.8 seconds left in overtime.
Following Tatum’s missed free throw and the Wizards’ lack of timeouts, the game would continue into double overtime tied at 115.
The Wizards took their largest lead (six) of the night with 1:23 to go after a made free throw by Beal and they would go onto lead by four heading into the final minute.
It started to get interesting again after Rozier nailed another three to make it a one-point game with 47.1 seconds left in the quarter.
Tatum and the Celtics would get one last shot to win the game on their final possession with 24.1 seconds after a missed Washington basket.
The Wizards would go onto pull out a 125-124 win after a missed three-point attempt by Tatum in the closing seconds of the game.
Porter Jr. and Ian Mahinmi both posted double-doubles, with the Wizards shooting 47.4 percent from the field.
Rozier III and Tatum both set career-highs in minutes played with 48 and 46, respectively. And Rozier finished the game with 21 points (4-9 3PT), five rebounds, nine assists and two steals.
Rozier grabs the steal and slams it home on the break! pic.twitter.com/Y3WjkryjH4— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 15, 2018
And Tatum would finish with 19 points (9-23 FG), five rebounds and six assists. Morris shot 50 percent from both the field and from three, as he led all Celtics scorers with 31 points and nine rebounds.
Greg Monroe posted his first double-double as a member of the Celtics with a 16 point, 10 rebound stat-line.
The Celtics shot 48.5 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from three, while being out-rebounded 52-44.
After Wednesday night’s loss, the Celtics are now 2-2 in overtime and have now lost two in a row as they head out on a two-game road trip.
When asked what Stevens learned about this team tonight he answered, “Nothing new.”— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 15, 2018
Says this team has shown time and again they can compete and tonight just reinforced that.
UP NEXT: The Celtics (45-22) will hit the road for a two-game trip with the Orlando Magic (21-48) up first on Friday night. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m.
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