The Boston Celtics fell to the Washington Wizards, 116-89, in a game-3 blowout loss in their conference semifinals matchup on May 4, 2017, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The game began with the Wizards and Celtics playing to a 12-12 tie. Then Washington went on a 22-0 run. They had enjoyed early leads in both games in Boston and could not hold them. Tonight, they never looked back.
The Celtics could not cut into the lead in the second quarter. The half ended with the Wizards increasing the lead to 23 points; 63-40.
The Wizards held guard, Isaiah Thomas to only 7 points in the first half. Thomas did not come out at the start of 3rd. He had to have some dental work done on a bridge that replaced the tooth he had lost in game-1 at Boston.
The third period ended with the Celtics unable to make any headway against the determined Wizards. Washington kept, and expanded the lead, in the final quarter to 30 points before coasting to the victory.
The Wizards led three of the four stanzas, but it was the first-quarter punch, from which the Celtics never recovered. The Wizards were tough on defense, forcing 15 turnovers from Boston. They held Thomas to his playoff low of 13 points.
The contest was very physical throughout. In the second quarter, Washington’s Kelly Oubre was ejected after a flagrant foul against the Celtics Kelly Olynyk. In the fourth, a skirmish between Wizard Brandon Jennings and Celtic Terry Rozier led to a double-technical foul.
When Celtics coach Brad Stevens vociferously objected to the double-technical and given a technical foul. Jennings and Rozier continued their combativeness, and both garnered a second technical foul, resulting in their ejection from the game. There was a total of eight technical fouls called in the contest.
The Celtics were led by AL Horford, with 16 points. The Wizards John Wall led them with 24 points and 8 rebounds. He has had an excellent playoff run, averaging almost 30 points a game.
The home team has won each game during the season and in this playoff series so far. The Wizards won their first game of this playoff round, and trail Boston 2-1 in the series. The teams meet again in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 7.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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