Keys to the Game

Keys to the Game: Wizards 116, Celtics 89

Key Moment
Key Player
Box Score Nuggets
Quote of the Night

Key Moment

The Celtics had no issue overcoming early, double-digit deficits during Games 1 and 2 against the Washington Wizards. Boston’s good fortune tackling such situations came to an end Thursday night, however, as a 22-point, first-quarter disadvantage in Game 3 proved to be too much for the C’s to handle.

During the opening six minutes it seemed as if the C's and Wizards were in store for a tight contest, as they found themselves tied up, 12-12 at the 6:18 mark. Then, things went straight down Capitol Hill for the Celtics, as Washington went on a monumental run.

The Wizards scored 22 points over the next 4:49, while the Celtics laid a giant goose egg during that span.

Boston shot 0-for-6 from the field and committed five turnovers during those four-plus minutes. On the other end, Washington converted on seven of its nine field goal attempts while riding the energy of the crowd at Verizon Center.

The Celtics were able to keep up with Washington during the final three quarters, but they had no substantial runs in store like they did during Games 1 and 2. This time, the early double-digit deficit came back to haunt Boston, as it fell, 116-89.

Key Player

Isaiah Thomas unquestionably won the first two head-to-head battles against his counterpart, John Wall.

Round 3 Thursday night, however, belonged to Wall.

Washington’s point guard logged a game-high 24 points, while dishing out twice as many assists (eight) as any other player in the game. He also tied for the game-high in steals with three, and committed only one turnover of his own.

Thomas, meanwhile, had an unusually quiet night. He recorded just 12 points while dishing out four dimes. He attempted a season-low eight field goal attempts, which was quite a contrast to the career-high 33 attempts he had during his 53-point, Game 2 effort.

Box Score Nuggets

  • John Wall led the game in points (24) assists (eight) and tied for the game-high in steals (three).
  • Isaiah Thomas attempted just eight field goal attempts - his lowest single-game tally in more than two years.
  • Boston shot 35.1 percent during the game, while Washington maintained a 46.7 percent clip.
  • Two Wizards logged double-doubles: Marcin Gortat (13 points, 16 rebounds) and Bojan Bogdanovic (19 points, 10 rebounds).
  • The Celtics committed 16 turnovers, while the Wizards coughed up the rock just nine times.
  • Kelly Oubre was ejected during the second quarter for body-checking Kelly Olynyk.
  • Brandon Jennings and Terry Rozier both received double-technicals during the fourth quarter and were also ejected.
  • Al Horford led the Celtics in scoring with 16 points, followed by Jae Crowder's 14-point effort.
  • Marcus Smart committed a career-high eight turnovers.
  • The Wizards led by as many as 30 points.
  • Washington scored 56 points in the paint, which was twice as many has Boston tallied.
  • The Wizards won the rebounding battle, 50-38.

Quote of the Night

It won’t happen again.

Isaiah Thomas on his 13-point game.

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