Keys to the Game

Keys to the Game: Wizards 121, Celtics 102

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Box Score Nuggets
Quote of the Night

Key Moment

The Boston Celtics have allowed the Washington Wizards to go on a number of one-sided runs during their second-round series. Sunday night’s Game 4 featured the most lopsided stretch of them all.

Boston held a 53-48 lead through the first minute of the third quarter. Six minutes later, Washington had 74 points on the scoreboard and the Celtics still had 53.

The Wizards shot 10-of-13 from the field during their 26-0 run, while Boston missed all five of its field goal attempts and committed six turnovers.

The C’s had no chance of recovering from such a substantial run, as they fell, 121-102.

Boston suffered three similar scoreless stretches during Games 1 through 3. The Wizards outscored the C’s 16-0 from the opening tip during Game 1, had a 14-0 run in Game 2, and then had a 22-0 stretch during Game 3.

The Celtics were able to overcome Washington’s runs to win Games 1 and 2, but their scoreless stretches during Games 3 and 4 were too massive to battle back from.

As a result, the teams will head back to Boston with the series tied 2-2, and will face off again Wednesday night in Game 5.

Key Player

Isaiah Thomas was dominating his matchup with John Wall through the first quarter and a half of Sunday's Game 4. The remainder of the head-to-head battle, however, was won by Wall.

Thomas made his first five 3-point attempts through the first 13 minutes of the games and had 15 points during that span. Wall, meanwhile, hadn’t even made a 2-point field goal – let alone a 3 – to that point, and didn’t make his first shot until midway through the second frame.

Wall started off 0-for-9 from the field, but once he finally hit the net, he caught fire. The Wizards point guard ended up scoring 27 points, tallied 12 assists and snagged five steals. He also made all nine of his free throw attempts and finished the game with a plus/minus rating of plus-25.

Thomas, meanwhile, only scored four points from the 11:15 mark of the second quarter until the end of the game.

As expected, the two All-Star point guards have had four great battles between them so far. Thomas grabbed the first two rounds at TD Garden, while Wall has won the last two matchups at Verizon Center.

Thomas will look to maintain the home court advantage trend Wednesday night when he faces off against Wall and the Wizards for Game 5 back in Boston.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Bradley Beal (29 points) and John Wall (27 points) combined for 56 points.
  • Boston's entire starting lineup combined for 48 points, led by Isaiah Thomas' 19 in the scoring column.
  • Wall tallied 12 assists. No other player on either side dished out more than six dimes.
  • The Celtics shot 14-of-31 (45.2 percent) from 3-point range.
  • Washington made the same amount of free throws (24) as Boston attempted.
  • Terry Rozier (16 points) and Kelly Olynyk (14 points) combined for 30 points off the bench.
  • The Wizards finished with 19 turnovers, which was one more than the Celtics committed.
  • Washington out-rebounded Boston 45-31.
  • Marcin Gortat and Otto Porter Jr. each had a plus-minus rating of plus-34.
  • Terry Rozier had a plus-15 despite his team losing by 19 points.
  • The Celtics assisted on 28 of their 35 field goals.

Quote of the Night

If you turn the ball over against these guys you prefer to drop-kick it into the stands so you can at least set up your D.

Brad Stevens on the Wizards capitalizing off of Boston's turnovers.

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