Box Score Nuggets
Quote of the Night
After trailing by as many as 23 points during the second half, the Celtics swung themselves back into Monday night's game. Unfortunately, the most important swing of the game did not go in their favor.
Leading by two with just 52.8 seconds left in double-overtime, Boston called for a timeout and advanced the ball to half court. Brad Stevens wanted to get the ball into the hands of Marcus Smart, who had spearheaded the Celtics' comeback.
Boston went on to inbound the ball from in front of its own bench following the timeout. Stevens got what he wanted - the ball into Smart's hands - but the rookie followed his catch with a decision that many will question.
Smart caught the inbound pass just behind the 3-point lineup the left wing. It didn't take him long for him to assess his options.
"When I came off the screen, I saw John (Wall) was nowhere near me,” Smart recalled. “I was wide open."
So he took the shot. Smart let it fly from long range, immediately after catching the inbound pass. He missed, which left him questioning his decision on the play as he spoke to reporters after the play.
"I thought it was a good shot," he said, “but it probably wasn’t at the time with the time and score.”
Brad Stevens revealed to reporters that he had drawn up a second option on the play, but that Smart liked the look that he got at the basket. Instead of getting to that second option, the Celtics were forced to retreat on defense.
They couldn't do so fast enough.
Washington corralled the rebound and immediately got the ball into John Wall's hands. Wall, one of the fastest players in the league, streaked from coast to coast, split two defenders and put home a layup in traffic to tie the game up at 132-132. Oh, and he was fouled.
Smart, who was Boston's last line of defense on the play, was whistled for a tough foul that allowed Wall to head to the free- throw line and put the Wizards on top by one. The foul was a result of minimal contact.
The Celtics were unable to score a point for the remainder of the night.
Kelly Olynyk continues to re-emerge from a two-week slump. He was an impact player yet again Monday night, aiding a thrilling Celtics comeback that came up just short.
Olynyk scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while playing 41 minutes off the bench against the Wizards. He also contributed three assists and a game-high four steals on the night.
The numbers weren’t all that the 7-footer provided. He brought the intangibles, too.
While watching Olynyk play Monday night, one had to think, “This is the most active I have ever seen him.” He was everywhere, tipping loose balls to teammates, flying around on defense, affecting shots with his length, diving for loose balls. He was one of the key ingredients that inspired the Celtics to nearly complete a 23-point comeback win.
Olynyk finished the contest having made six of his 12 field goals. He shot 1-of-3 from downtown and made all six of his free throw attempts. His efficiency and activity led to the best plus/minus rating in the game, at plus-20.
Box Score Nuggets
- Boston held its largest lead of the game, at seven points, during the second overtime session.
- Only one Celtics starter, Jeff Green (39-plus minutes) logged more than 24 minutes of playing time.
- Only one Celtic, Kelly Olynyk (10 points, 11 rebounds) logged a double-double.
- Olynyk also grabbed a game-best four steals.
- Both teams made at least 28 free throws and attempted at least 32.
- Jeff Green and Paul Pierce tied for the game high in scoring with 28 points apiece.
- Each team scored at least 11 points in both overtime sessions.
- Brandon Bass neared a double-double with 19 points and nine boards, and Evan Turner pushed for a triple-double with 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
- The Celtics committed only 17 turnovers in the game.
- Boston scored 60 points in the paint on 60 percent shooting (30-of-50).
- John Wall logged a monster double-double with 26 points and a season-high 17 assists.
- Marcus Smart set a new career high with 23 points. He also grabbed four rebounds, dished out five assists and grabbed two steals.
- Green shot 11-of-11 from the free-throw line.
- The Celtics limited Rasual Butler to 1-of-3 shooting from long range, one game after allowing him to hit six of 10 shots from downtown.
- Boston's bench totaled 82 points to Washington's 27.
- Marcin Gortat tallied a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
- The Celtics scored 32 points off of Washington's turnovers.
Quote of the Night
I got the shot I wanted. I work on that shot every single day at practice... It felt good. It just missed.
Evan Turner on his potential game-winning shot as time expired.