The Boston Celtics left pretty much everybody of even slight importance this postseason back in Boston. In fact, they came into play without seven of their regulars, including all five starters.
But that didn't stop Brad Stevens and the Celtics (largely in name only) from ending their regular-season slate on a high note, as the Celtics defeated the Wizards by a 116-110 final at Capital One Arena.
It was hardly a walk in the park for the Celtics, though, as they began this game in a 14-point hole after the first quarter. It was even worse than it sounded, too, as the Celtics at one point saw their deficit balloon up to a staggering 21 points while the Wizards shot 60 percent with makes on 15 of their 25 attempts in the first 12 minutes of action.
The Celtics wasted no time pulling themselves back in action with a 38-point second quarter, headlined by a 10-point output from Terry Rozier along with 15 points from the Boston bench, to pull themselves within one at the half.
In a six-point hole after three, though, the Celtics were able to officially pull away with the victory behind a 27-15 fourth quarter effort, led by RJ Hunter's 4-for-7, 11-point fourth quarter showing.
Hunter by all means led the C's offensive attack once Terry Rozier was taken out for rest purposes, and finished his night with 17 points in 25 minutes off the bench, including makes on four of his 10 attempts from three-point land.
Rozier, meanwhile, led all Celtic shooters with 21 points in 24 minutes.
The C's will turn the page and their attention to the Indiana Pacers.
Locked into the No. 4 seed in the East, the Celtics' first-round series with Indy is expected to begin Sunday afternoon at TD Garden.