The Celtics have lost a lot of games this season, that much is a fact. They’ve managed to be competitive in nearly every one of those losses, but Wednesday was not one of those instances.
Washington played with a purpose against Boston. Its purpose was to clinch its first playoff berth since 2008 and blow the Celtics out in the process.
Check and check.
Nothing was stopping the Wizards after the opening tip. After less than five minutes of playing time, they were on top of the Celtics by 15 points. Washington made its first five shots of the night, seven of its first eight, and nine of its first 12 overall. The Wizards’ first 10 points of the night were all scored in the paint.
The Celtics were unable to cut Washington’s lead to less than seven points from thereon out. The Wizards held onto a double-digit lead for nearly the entire game and finished with a 118-92 win.
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No one would have ever guessed that Marcin Gortat would be the best player on the floor during a game that featured the likes of Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, John Wall and Bradley Beal, among others. He shocked us all Wednesday night.
Gortat was a dominant force that helped power the Wizards to a convincing victory over the Celtics in Washington. He played less than 28 minutes but still tallied numbers that would satisfy nearly any big man.
Washington’s starting center was nearly perfect from the field, making 10 of his 13 shot attempts en route to 22 points. He put home everything from running hook shots to dunks to spinning, fadeaway jumpers.
Gortat provided much more than scoring. He also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, dished out four assists, grabbed three steals and blocked a shot. Talk about an active night.
Remember, he did all of this in less than 28 minutes of action. He didn’t log too many minutes because he helped Washington outscore Boston by 26 points while he was on the floor. To all of our surprise, he was the game’s best player and was a key reason why the Wizards logged a dominant victory.
Box Score Nuggets
- All five of Washington's starters scored in double-figures.
- Three of Boston's five starters scored eight or fewer points.
- The Wizards shot 62.5 percent from the field and 52.6 percent from 3-point range.
- John Wall logged the only double-double of the game with 13 points and 10 assists.
- Jared Sullinger scored a game-high 25 points.
- Only one of Boston's starters, Rajon Rondo (seven), grabbed more than one rebound.
- Rondo finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
- Washington outrebounded Boston 41-29.
- Kelly Olynyk pitched in 14 points off the bench.
- Chris Johnson led Boston in rebounding with eight boards.
- The Wizards scored at least 28 points in each of the four quarters.
- Six players in the game blocked a shot but none blocked more than one.
- Sullinger attempted a game-high 10 free throws, making eight.
- Marcin Gortat totaled 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. He shot 10-of-13 on the night.
- The teams combined to shoot 43-of-51 (84.3 percent) from the free-throw line.
- Boston shot 3-of-24 (12.5 percent) from long range.
Quote of the Night
Me and Jared have good chemistry out there. He’s very skilled. He can pass the ball and he’s great moving without the ball. I love playing with him. Kelly Olynyk on playing with Jared SullingerMore quotes >>