Washington Wizards Quarter by Quarter Breakdown: Wizards Get Much Needed Win Over Boston Celtics

Washington Wizards Quarter by Quarter Breakdown: Wizards got a much needed win over the Boston Celtics, who were missing two key players.

Last season, the Boston Celtics swept the Washington Wizards, beating them in all four meetings.

When the Celtics came to town last season, the Verizon Center was awash in a sea of green, because there appeared to be more Celtics fans than Wizards fan.

The Wizards no longer had the Big Brazilian, Nene Hilario, who battled down low with the Celtics’ Jae Crowder, whom Randy Wittman may or may not have called soft.

On Wednesday night, Crowder was on the injured list due to a sprained ankle, while Al Horford was out due to a concussion.

The Celtics entered Wednesday night’s game with a 3-3 record, whereas the Washington Wizards lost five of their first six games, their most recent loss at home to the Houston Rockets.

During that Houston game, a record was broken when John Wall surpassed Bullets legend Wes Unseld to become the Wizards/Bullets franchise assist leader.

Celebration for this history making moment was dampened after Wall was later fined $25,000,  for not exiting the game in a timely fashion after his ejection.

First Quarter

Marcin Gortat had the first basket of the night and from there it was off to the races, with the Wizards controlling the quarter.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens called the first timeout of the game after his team was down 12-2.

With the Celtics down 25-4, and less than 5 minutes to play, Stevens called another timeout hoping to stop the bleeding.

Washington went from not being able to defend the three in the Houston loss, to ending the first quarter knocking down six of seven of their threes.

Not only did Otto Porter lead the Wizards in scoring with 13 points, Porter alone outscored the entire Celtics squad in that quarter.

The bleeding didn’t stop, with the Wizards ending the quarter 34-8.

Second Quarter

The Wizards kept their momentum going into the second quarter.

Bradley Beal hit a three with less than three minutes, giving the Wizards a 52-34 lead.

The Wizards finished the half with six of seven free throws and maintained their lead, 58-43.

Porter’s hot hand continued, racking up 20 points.

Third Quarter

As Beal drove to the basket, he slipped after being fouled by Marcus Smart. After heading to the locker room, it was determined that Beal has a tight hamstring, and was out of for the rest of the game. On Thursday, Beal will undergo an MRI for a definitive diagnosis.

Beal was not missed, because Porter was pulling down rebounds while hustling on both ends of the floor.

Porter ended the third with a double-double, totaling 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Fourth Quarter

Burke ended the previous quarter with a three and opened up the fourth quarter with a three.

Boston’s Avery Bradley also hit a three, but the Washington Wizards maintained their lead, 94-74.

Marcus Smart and John Wall had to be separated after Wall committed a hard foul on Smart, which sent Smart to the ground.

After reviewing the Official Replay, the referees hit Wall with a a Flagrant 2, and he was ejected from the game, a second time this week. Smart was also assessed a technical.

Wall exited the game in a timely fashion this time. Wall said he was getting “smacked in the face,” and was not getting calls, which led to his frustration.

Porter carried the Wizards from the tip and ended the game with a career high of 34 points.

Washington collectively controlled the game from beginning to end.

The Washington Wizards put in a stellar performance, making 50 percent of their three pointers, and outrebounding the Celtics. There was not the usual mental collapse in the fourth quarter, which occurred in the previous games this season.

Instead, there was a return to basic basketball fundamentals, crashing the glass both offensively and defensively, great ball movement and shot selection, and making their free throws.

The Wizards beat the Celtics, 118-93.

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