For once, the Boston Celtics didn't spot the Washington Wizards a big lead to start the game.
The Boston Celtics gave up 26 straight third quarter points and suffered their second straight blowout loss to the Washington Wizards, 121-102 on Sunday night in Washington.
The Wizards tied the series with the Boston Celtics at two games apiece on Sunday, but it's hard to argue who has been the better team so far.
The victor of this best-of-seven series will face the two-time defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals. The Wizards were led by guard, Bradley Beal, with 29 points.
Celtics star guard Isaiah Thomas made his first five shots, which were all three-pointers for 15 points. Game 5 is set for Wednesday night in Boston. Here's everything you need to know including Celtics vs. Wizards live stream Game 4 as well as score, news updates, real-time commentary and more.
The Celtics have talked constantly about keeping the Wizards from beating them in transition. This necessitated a replacement at halftime during Game 3 of the series. "We're one of the best teams in the league at converting off turnovers".
"We can't have that on the road", said Thomas who added, "but I cannot allow to be held and grabbed on every pin-down, every screen and I don't even shoot one free throw". So I think it has to be called differently. From that point forward the attitude and physicality continued to boil as the Wizards outscored the Celtics in all four quarters.More news: Motive unclear for University of Texas stabbings
In their 593 playoff games all-time that preceded this series against the Wizards, the Celtics allowed 38 or more points in the first quarter 10 times, according to stats guru Dick Lipe.
In each of those games, the Wizards won the decisive quarter (1st in Game 3, 3rd in Game 4) by 22 points. I mean, the only thing that they did was take care of business at home like we did. Disgusting night for Boston, and one the whole team tried to put past them. He wants more foul calls as the series continues.
Boston has a lot on their plate between now and tip-off of Game 5, where they will try to go up 3-2 on the series. Boston must keep things tight, and even if they aren't ahead at the end of the first quarter, if they are still within touching distance then they would fancy themselves, given how they managed to rally from behind and wear down the Wizards in the latter quarters of Games 1 and 2. Also, the Celtics couldn't evaluate any tactics much, as the game was scissored by the frequent fouling and jawing, so it's didn't have the usual flow.
There has been no worse physical beef between two teams in recent memory than the Celtics and Wizards, especially in this era of a higher level of friendliness and sportsmanship. It isn't like this is the first time a team has tried to game plan Thomas out of the equation.
Isiah Thomas led the losing squad with 19 points.
"No matter what, I've gotta play the same way", Thomas said.
Regardless of whether Oubre plays or not, but counting that the dentists finally fix Thomas' teeth so he can play a normal game, I have the Washington Wizards as a 2.5 jolly, and will gladly take the extra points.