The Washington Wizards fell to the Boston Celtics in game-1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, 123-111, Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass.
The Wizards came out of the locker room hot and ran off the first 16 points of the game. The first quarter ended with Washington leading by 14 points, 38-24.
Boston came back strong in the second period to tie the game at 42-42, with 7:30 left in the half. The remainder of the half was back and forth between the teams resulting in four ties. During the period, Isaiah Thomas’ jaw met the elbow of a Wizards player, and Thomas lost one of his front teeth. The scrappy guard was only out for a minute before re-entering the game. The Wizards pulled ahead to close the first half, leading 64-59.
The third quarter was owned by the Celtics. They used hustling, lock-down defense to claim their first lead of the game 73-71, with 6:55 left in the period. The Celtics held the lead for the rest of the contest. Boston outscored Washington, 36-16, to finish the third, leading 95-80.
The Wizards made a gallant effort in the final stanza and closed within three points, 101-98, with 6:34 remaining. However, Boston recovered their poise and finished strong to complete the victory.
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas continued to be the inspiration in these playoffs. He returned from the Seattle area to Boston, Sunday morning after speaking at his sister’s funeral on Saturday. She passed tragically in an automobile accident just prior to the start of the playoffs. Though he began the game slowly, he finished with a game-high 33 points.
The rest of the Celtics seemed to feed off Thomas as four of the starting five scored double figures to seal the win in front of a raucous home crowd.
The Wizards were led by guard Bradley Beal with 27 points. These two will clash again on Tuesday, March 2, in Boston.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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