Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Wizards beat Celtics 116-89 in technical foul-filled Game 3

He scored just two more points the rest of the game and was a spectator as both Wall and Beal caught fire and kept Boston at bay.

Five takeaways from the Washington Wizards' 121-102 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday at the Verizon Center.

The Washington Wizards won Game 3 of their series against the Boston Celtics pretty handily, and really that should be the headline.

Game 5 is Wednesday in Boston.

Rozier was coming off the best game of his National Basketball Association career in Game 2, having delivered 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists - as well as an enormous 3-pointer that tied the score at 110-110 in the fourth - in the Celtics' overtime victory.

Tied at 12-12, Washington held Boston scoreless for over five minutes while hitting 7 of 9 shots, including three 3-pointers. From that point forward the attitude and physicality continued to boil as the Wizards outscored the Celtics in all four quarters.

However, it's hard to ignore what the Wizards have done in Games 3 and 4. Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Wizards coach Scott Brooks were hit with technical fouls. "It's probably our best stretch of basketball". Thomas (aged 28, 1x All-Star) and Avery Bradley (aged 26, 2x All-Defense Team) are set to collide for years with Wall (aged 26, 4x All-Star) and Bradley Beal (aged 23, 1st Team All-Rookie). The first two were wide open, the second was mildly contested, but all three swished through the net, and it looked like the Celtics had figured out the Wizards' puzzle. Defensively, it gave us a chance to get out in transition.

"We played inspired basketball for each other", Brooks told reporters after the game. What's more, Game 4 marked the first time in 2016-17 that Thomas didn't attempt a free throw during a Celtics loss.

"I'm staying out of the dentist", said Thomas. "He's a small guy so at the end of the day if you've got three players around you, how can you make the pass?" brings stories and statistics together to make you smarter about the sports and games you love. The Wizards fought back and briefly, took the lead before the half finished in a tie; 48-48. (18 points, eight rebounds), Markieff Morris (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Bojan Bogdanovic (13 points) all made their presence felt, too, giving Washington those much-needed third, fourth and fifth scoring options. He also surrendered a pair of offensive rebounds to Marcin Gortat and was getting overwhelmed in the paint.

The free-throw line is where Thomas shines, as he shot 90 percent from there, second-best among eligible players.

Washington were up 45-24 early in the second quarter when Boston's Kelly Olynyk was whistled for a hard foul on Oubre.

Washington's Brandon Jennings and Boston's Terry Rozier were ejected in the fourth quarter after each received two technical fouls. However, the Wizards played like the better team as they cruised to a 116-89 victory behind a 22-0 first quarter run.

Thomas had six turnovers for the game. "[The referees] were allowing them to be very physical with me. The refs were allowing them to hold and grab and do all those things", said Thomas. I think, especially in that quarter, I might have hit the ground five or six straight times.

The first quarter of Game 4 could dictate where this game eventually ends up.

Celtics center Al Horford said the Wizards' performance in Game 3 was an example of "the way that they junk the game up a little bit".

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