The Washington Wizards fell to the Boston Celtics, 123-101, in game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Celtics came onto the court playing excellent defense and fast-break offense. The home crowd witnessed Boston blitz Washington with a 16-0 run to begin the game. The first quarter ended with the Celtics leading 33-21.
Boston’s intensity and superior execution continued into the second quarter. They pushed further ahead of the Wizards to lead by, as much as, 22 points, 48-26, midway through. Guard Avery Bradley was on fire scoring 25 points for the Celtics in the first half. It was his career high in the playoffs. The half ended with Boston leading, 67-51.
The third quarter was played, almost, evenly between the two teams. They traded buckets in the first portion of the third, which served to keep the Celtics in the lead. The Wizards shot better but could not cut into the Celtics advantage. The third ended with Boston leading 93-76.
The final stanza saw the Celtics go on an 11-0 run in the first 3 minutes. The game was not in doubt after that point. The Celtics defensive dominance and fast-break points were too much for the Wizards to overcome. Boston finished with 33 assists compared to 21 assists for Washington, illustrating the Celtics excellent team basketball.
Boston was led by guard Avery Bradley, who finished with 29 points, adding to his career playoff high scoring. Superstar Isaiah Thomas contributed with 18 points and a game-high 9 assists. The Wizards John Wall led their scoring with 21 points.
The teams will meet for game 6 of the semifinals on Friday, May 12, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Wizards will be facing elimination at home. So far, they are 5-0 on their home floor in the playoffs.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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