The Boston Celtics put an end to their four-game slide on Friday night, overcoming a slight fourth-quarter deficit and beating the Washington Wizards by a 107-96 final at TD Garden.
But it wasn’t as easy as it should have been for the Celtics (is it ever anymore?), as their big edge turned to a slim margin and then a deficit in the final frame before Jaylen Brown and Co. pulled away with some dominant play at both ends of the court.
“He was really tough,” Brad Stevens said of Brown’s defensive effort. “I thought for the most part he really played great — great purpose and I thought he really took the challenge of guarding Bradley Beal in the fourth and did a good job on him.”
It certainly helped in what was an undeniable team effort, as seven Celtic shooters finished in double-digit points, and with Al Horford leading the way with a modest 18 points in 29:12 of action.
Marcus Morris Sr. also seemed to break out of recent (and borderline benching-worthy) cold streak, converting on seven of his 17 attempts, and finishing the night with a team-high nine rebounds.
As an interesting sidenote, Marcus Smart officially moved into sole possession of the No. 7 spot on Boston’s all-time three-pointers made list with his fourth-quarter make from deep to officially put this game away.
It was a banner night for Smart, all things considered, as he connected on all four of his three-point bombs, and finished with makes on all but one of his seven field goal attempts for 16 points and a plus-11 in 30:28 of action.
The Celtics will host James Harden and the Rockets on Sunday afternoon.