The Wizards closed their regular season with a blowout, 118-102, win over the Celtics. That, coupled with a Nets loss to the Cavs secured the fifth seed for the Wizards and a first round date with the Chicago Bulls. The Wizards opened the game on fire, at one point in the first quarter hitting 11 shots in a row. The undermanned Celtics made several comebacks from down double digits but in the end were simply overmatched by the Wizards. Washington shot the ball significantly better than Boston, 56% to 46%. Beal led all scorers with 27 points, Booker had 20 (all of them coming in the first half), and Gortat had 15 points and 10 boards. Despite being in foul trouble for most of the night, Olynyk led the Celtics with 24 points.
After the Celtics opened the second half very strongly, it looked like we might have a game on our hands in the fourth quarter. With news coming down that the Bobcats had beaten the Bulls, the pressure was on for the Wizards to win to avoid the seven seed. They did just that, closing the third quarter on a 13-2 run, led by six from Gortat, to put the game away.
Player of the Game
Beal is getting seriously hot at the right time. Tonight he was 10/14 from the field, including 3/5 from long range, for 27 points. He added seven boards, three assists and two steals.
5. The win, coupled with the Nets loss, gave the Wizards the #5 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Ariza struggled from long range, going 0/5, but he didn't let it effect the rest of his game. He was 6/7 from inside the arc for 12 points, grabbed seven boards and held Jeff Green to 6/15 shooting.
By: Jacob Raim