Wizards use monster third quarter to even series

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08 May, 2017

Bradley Beal scored 29 points, and the Wizards produced 26 unanswered points in the third quarter en route to a 121-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.

"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".

John Wall finished with 27 points after missing his first nine shots and 12 assists for the Wizards, who evened the best-of-seven series 2-2 after Boston won the first two games at home. Coming into the game, the Celtics are leading the series 2-1 and have the chance of moving to within one more win of progressing.

They wanted to blow them out. Washington used a 26-0 run in the third quarter to take control of the game, with John Wall and Bradley Beal combining for 56 points. But Washington came out of halftime firing, outscoring the Celtics 42-20 in the third quarter. Bulls Head Coach Fred Hoiberg needed to adjust with the Rondo injury, but his dependence on younger players like Grant and Carter-Williams put a spotlight on the team's incompetence at point guard. "That's why we're able to get out in transition and get open shots, get open layups".

Thomas, coming off a quiet 13-point performance in Boston's Game 3 loss, hit five 3-pointers in the first 13 minutes of play Sunday. "[The referees] were allowing them to be very physical with me".

"One of the things, if you turn the ball over against these guys, you prefer to drop-kick it into the stands so that at least you can set your defense", Stevens said of the Wizards. Part of Washington's identity, though, is being able to force turnovers and push the pace. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) argues over a call with referee Tony Brothers during the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto, . The lead eventually touched 30, but unlike games at the Garden where they lost large margins and the games, the Wizards held on.

All of this as Gerald Green was heard proclaiming, "We are going to beat their ass in Game 4", after the Game 3 embarrassment last Thursday.

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. "So whether I'm getting the calls or not, I've gotta be in attack mode, I've gotta be aggressive to get in the paint, to make things happen, not just for myself but for my teammates".

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As a team, Boston attempted 24 free throws, just three fewer than Washington.

Well, give the Celtics this much: They waited a full half before they allowed the Wizards to crush them. "It's got to be called differently". But I can not be held on and grabbed every pin down, every screen, and I don't even shoot one free throw... they also paid a lot more attention to me.

Wall missed his first nine shots from the floor and made eight of his final 14. When Marcus Smart was tasked to run the offense with him out of the game, he isn't that capable.

Morris continued: "We go out there and we play like that, I think we'll get the wins".

A series hasn't really begun until the road team wins a game, the old adage goes.

The Cavaliers and Wizards squared off three times in the regular season, with Cleveland taking two out of the three games. Assistant Mike Brown took over as acting coach for Game 3 of the first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Wizards: Improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs. Last game it was in the first quarter, (Game 4) it was in the third quarter. Porter had 18 points.


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