The Boston Celtics were downed by the Washington Wizards, 121-102, Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The Celtics and Wizards are tied at two games each in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals.
The game began with an 8-0 run by the Wizards, followed by a 12-2 run by the Celtics to take the lead 12-10. The quarter ended with Boston leading 24-20. It marked the first time in this series that they led after the first period.
The second quarter showed the same intensity by both teams, especially on defense. The Celtics extended their lead to as many as 12, 40-28 in the first half of the quarter. The Wizards fought back and briefly, took the lead before the half finished in a tie; 48-48.
The Wizards exploded for a 42-point third quarter to take control of the game. At one time they went on a spectacular 26-0 run to lead 74-53 with 5 minutes left in the quarter. They caused 9 turnovers by the Celtics as well, finishing the period with a 22 point lead; 90-68.
Washington coasted in the fourth period with great rebounding and defense. Boston could not close the gap in the final stanza, and the game ended with the loss.
The Celtics were led by Isaiah Thomas scoring 19 points. The Wizards were led by guard, Bradley Beal, with 29 points.
The home team has won each game in the series. The two teams will meet for game five, Wednesday, May 10, at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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