Keys to the Game

Keys to the Game: Celtics 110, Wizards 102

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Box Score Nuggets
Quote of the Night

Key Moment

There was a whole lot of talk leading up Monday’s meeting between the Celtics and the Wizards about how competitive the contest would be.

It was. For about a quarter and a half.

Boston opened up a 10-point lead with 3:58 left in the second quarter and owned an 11-point lead at the halftime break. Then, at the start of the second half, the Celtics put the game away for good.

Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley went back-to-back-to-back from long range, with Thomas sandwiching two triples around Bradley’s, in a span of only 92 seconds to push Boston ahead by 16 points with 9:53 remaining in the third. Following those 3-pointers, Washington called for a timeout, and the five Wizards on the floor were left standing with their hands on their hips, spirits broken.

The C’s would eventually pull ahead by as many as 20 points and were never truly threatened from that point forward. They maintained a double-digit lead for nearly the entirety of the rest of the game before closing out with a 110-102 win.

This was a very strong performance by Boston against a very strong team. It now stands as a victory that has given the Celtics a 2.5-game lead over Washington for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

Key Player

It was clear from the start of Monday’s game that Avery Bradley had brought his A-game to the parquet floor. He was outstanding against Washington.

Bradley finished the contest with 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a steal. He had already logged 11 points, four rebounds and three assists by the end of the first quarter; to put that quarter’s performance into perspective, Bradley entered the game with seasonal averages of 16.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Bradley has now scored at least 12 points during each of his last eight games. His 20 points marked his highest total since Jan. 6 (he missed 23 games since then) and his nine rebounds were his most since grabbing 10 back on Dec. 14.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Boston grabbed 54 rebounds, matching its season high in that department.
  • Twenty of those rebounds were grabbed at the offensive end, marking a new season high.
  • All five of Boston's starters finished with a positive plus/minus rating of at least plus-10, led by Jae Crowder's and Isaiah Thomas' plus-15.
  • The contest featured eight ties and eight lead changes.
  • Bradley Beal led Washington with 19 points.
  • Thomas led the game with 25 points.
  • Three of the four reserves who scored in double-figures were members of the Wizards.
  • None of Boston's players dished out more than five assists.
  • John Wall's eight assists led the game.
  • The C's made two more 3-pointers (10) than the Wizards despite having attempted two fewer (33 to 35).
  • Four Celtics grabbed at least nine rebounds, led by Kelly Olynyk's 11. Crowder, Avery Bradley and Al Horford tallied nine apiece.
  • Crowder tied for the game high with three steals, joining John Wall.
  • Washington scored 24 points off of Boston's 18 turnovers.

Quote of the Night

I have a lot of respect for Tyler, because he’s usually the first one in the gym every day. He’s here working, he’s staying in shape. Just a true professional, because it’s hard the position he’s in.

Al Horford on Tyler Zeller, who Horford said changed the game for Boston.

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