John Wall and the Washington Wizards proved to be too much for the Boston Celtics in the second-half, as they’d go onto win, 113-101, in our Nation’s Capital on Monday night.
Jaylen Brown came out firing away, going off for 21 first quarter points, with five threes and 13 straight points, including four threes in the opening five minutes of the game.
After an explosive first from Brown, the Celtics took a 30-22 lead into the second.
The Wizards battled back to close out the first half with a 10-5 run to pull within two of the Celtics at 54-52.
Brown didn’t score a single point in the second but Al Horford finished the first-half with four points and seven boards. And Jayson Tatum had six, including this thunderous slam-bam!
The Wizards kept the run going into the third to take their largest lead at the time at 65-59 with 6:31 left in the quarter. And they wouldn’t let up, as they’d take a 79-72 lead into the final quarter.
It would end up taking Brown almost four minutes into the fourth to hit his sixth three of the game. As he’d go onto to led all Celtics scorers with 27 points (6-10 3PT), plus a pair of rebounds and assists.
Less than two minutes into the fourth, the Wizards would go up by 12 after a quick five points following a series of free throws.
With the Wizards keeping their foot on the gas and going up by double-digits, they’d eventually go onto beat the Celtics 113-101.
Horford finished the night with a 10-point, 13-rebound double-double, on 30 percent shooting.
Monroe had himself another good night, shooting 80 percent from the field to finish with 10 points and six rebounds.
Wall led the way for the Wizards with a 29-point (6-16 FG), 11-assist double-double, in addition to seven rebounds.
Six players scored in double-digits for the Wizards, while shooting 49.4 percent from the field as a team. The Celtics finished the night shooting 37.9 percent from the field. And the Celtics were beasted on the boards, getting out-rebounded 51-44.
With the C’s loss, the Wizards take the season series at 3-1. They split the series in Washington and the Wizards took both games in Boston.
The Celtics now finish the season 28-13 on the road and Wizards finish 23-18 at home.
The Celtics have the best road record in the East over the last two years...but here? Not so much. pic.twitter.com/A6JQRPuCiP— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) April 11, 2018
With one game remaining on the docket for the Celtics and the rest of the NBA, the C’s first round opponent is yet to be known. But your radio play-by-play voice of the Celtics breaks down the scenarios below.
Celtics will lose in Washington.— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) April 11, 2018
Three games tomorrow will decide it.
Milwaukee at Philadelphia
Toronto at Miami
Washington at Orlando.
Here are the 8 remaining scenarios for Boston's round one heading in to the final night... pic.twitter.com/emtv4ervuD
UP NEXT: The Celtics (54-27) welcome the Brooklyn Nets (28-53) to the TD Garden on Wednesday for their final regular season game. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 8:00 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
John Hardiman is a Digital Producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for John? Hit him up on Twitter @HardiDude or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.