But as has been mentioned in the MVP and X-Factor sections, Wall and the Wizards’ defense shut the door on any hopes the Celtics may have had on winning the game, and the first quarter was a distant memory. Turning this into a three game series is playing right into what the Wizards would have wanted. John Wall is averaging 29 points and 11 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 23 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Washington’s basketball version began with back-to-back shot-violations. From that point forward the attitude and physicality continued to boil as the Wizards outscored the Celtics in all four quarters. Boston’s struggles led to some complaints to the officials from star guard Isaiah Thomas.

“I mean, 26-0 in the playoffs, that’s why we lost”, Thomas said. “That’s probably our best stretch of basketball [this season]”, Brooks said after the game.

“Just being aggressive and picking my spots”, Beal said.

Rapid reaction from TAI’s Rashad Mobley to the Washington Wizards’ 121-102 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Thomas said the Celtics tried to match that, but the refs were punishing them while giving Washington a pass. “We’ve just got to take each game one game at a time and come back for Game 4 Sunday, which is going to be probably insane”. They handled Millsap and Dwight Howard inside to beat the Hawks in six games, leading Wizards center Marcin Gortat to say facing the Celtics big men was “not even close” to that tough of a challenge. And then when we went to the hole, especially myself, I’m hitting the ground and there’s no calls.

“We made quite a few mistakes early”, Brooks said. “He’s a small guy. But it does get a little frustrating when you continue to play the same way and there’s nothing being called”. How can you make the shot? After a Horford put-back, Wall hit a three for a 48-46 Washington lead.

In between, the Wizards went up 74-53 on Otto Porter Jr.’s layup with 5:00 remaining.

Only three times during the regular season did Thomas not attempt a free throw during a game – all wins, including two in which he played limited minutes.

The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 7-18 ATS in their last 25 games playing on 2 days rest and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

“You don’t anticipate going into a game against the best record in the East, be on a 26-0 run after they score the first four or five points with a timeout in between”.

Boston’s Isaiah Thomas scored 17 points in the first half, but only had two points in the entire second half.

“If we had LeBron on our team, too, we would have won”, said DeRozan, who averaged 20.8 points in the four-game sweep, almost seven points less than he averaged in the regular season. He finished with 14. The total tied his career-high for 3-pointers made in a postseason game. But as the Wizards tore the game open in the second half, Thomas attempted just three shots- missing two of them – in 12 minutes of floor time.? They grabbed 12 rebounds on the offensive glass and won the overall rebounding battle 45-31.

After the first half ended tied at 48, Washington came out of the break energized and ready to take control of the game, and that’s exactly what they did.

With Washington originally down two games to none against Boston in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, it was easy to sit here and say the Wiz were nearly all but eliminated.

Boston flipped the script Sunday.


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