BOSTON – Defense was nowhere to be found at TD Garden Wednesday night as the Celtics outshot the Wizards en route to a 140-133 victory.
With the win, the Celtics improved to 9-1 on the young season and have not lost since opening night in Philadelphia.
The Celtics led for the entire second half but the Wizards stayed in the hunt. Washington went on a 12-0 run and pulled to within five points with just over one minute to play before Kemba Walker hit a three pointer to end the run and all but put away the game.
Walker finished with 25 points, a team-high.
The Celtics had seven players in double figures, including all five starters.
Jayson Tatum put up 23 points, Jaylen Brown tallied 22, and Marcus Smart added 17. Enes Kanter had 13 points and nine rebounds.
Rookie Carsen Edwards gave Boston a boost off the bench, scoring 18 points. Brad Wannamaker added 10 points.
Washington’s Bradley Beal was unstoppable for most of the night, scoring a game-high 44 points on 17-for-27 from the field. Isaiah Thomas went 7-for-14 for 18 points in his return to Boston.
The Celtics now kick off a west coast swing on Friday in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors.