Boston Celtics Take Down Wizards In Game 1 After Going Down Big
To start game 1 against the Washington Wizards the Boston Celtics had the worst start anyone could have possibly imagined. To start the game the Wizards scored 16 unanswered points with the Celtics unable to score a point until there was only 6 and change left in the first quarter.
At one point in the first the Celtics found themselves down 17 points, but with all of this coming so early there was plenty of time for Boston to turn it around.
The Celtics rallied hard and closed the gap by half-time and even managed to draw even before the half closed with the C’s trailing 64-59. The first third quarter turned into an all Boston affair with the Celtics outscoring the Wizards to the tune of 36-16 and Boston even held a 16 point lead at one point.
The beginning of the fourth quarter is where the Wizards shifted the game back with Marcus Smart losing control of himself and turned the ball over several times before Brad Stevens sent in Jaylen Brown to play the final 6 minutes to turn the tide back into Boston’s favor and ultimately seal the victory.
When the dust settled on game 1 the Boston Celtics miraculously won 123-111 over the Wizards behind Isaiah Thomas and a supporting cast that put up enough support to help the little guy propel his team to victory.
Thomas’s story to this game continues to be tragic with Thomas flying back to Boston last night after attending his sister’s funeral out in Tacoma, Washington. Despite all the odds stacked against him, he was able to drop 33 points and 9 assists, but unlike other games this season he was able to get support from a good amount of his teammates.
Al Horford had a career type of game and was one rebound shy of a triple-double with the big man scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 10 assists with a good chunk of his points coming in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory for Boston. Another big contributor to the win was Jae Crowder who hit a number of clutch shots and ended the day with 24 points and a crazy +26 rating.
The leaders off the bench were Kelly Olynyk who was instrumental in the first half comeback by netting 12 points in the first half to get the C’s within reach. Smart who struggled late in the game and was benched still made an impact on the court and overall had an impressive defensive game for Boston.
Terry Rozier had an impact with 8 boards and Jaylen Brown who replaced Smart had several key plays in the final 6 minutes of the game including a big assist to Jae Crowder for three and a big three-pointer of his own to make it a 10 point game at the time.
Boston is now ahead in the series 1-0 and they have one more home game before heading down to D.C. with game 2 of the series taking place on Tuesday night.