Celtics defeat the Wizards 117-108! Mickey Gets First NBA Start. Report, Stats, Highlights
Isaiah Thomas was good for three quarters and nearly unstoppable in the fourth.
Thomas scored 20 of his 38 points in the final period and the Boston Celtics pulled away late for a 117-108 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
The Celtics won for the fifth time in six games and ended Washington's three-game winning streak. The game was physical throughout and got heated after the final buzzer as the talk continued and nearly escalated into something more.
Boston's Jae Crowder pointed a finger toward Washington's John Wall as the two squared off near the Wizards bench.
"Just two teams playing hard," said Crowder, who had 20 points.
Wall swiped at Crowder but appeared to miss, then the players were steered toward the locker rooms. Some needed more guidance than others, including Boston's Marcus Smart, who irritated and frustrated the Wizards throughout the game. Smart continued chattering away at the Wizards as he was escorted to the Celtics' tunnel, where police lined the hallways discouraging anything more.
"It's a physical team. We're physical. Neither one of us has to be pumped," said Bradley Beal, who led Washington with 35 points. "It was just a physical game. That's all it was."
Smart and Beal got tangled up under the Washington basket and both fell to the floor in the third quarter. Officials and teammates separated the two as they got up and exchanged words. Smart was called for a foul and Beal received a technical. There were five technicals in all, two of them on Boston for three-second violations and the others for getting a little too physical.
Al Horford added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics. Crowder scored 20 and Terry Rozier had 11. Otto Porter Jr. scored 20 points for Washington, and Markieff Morris finished with 14.
Boston held John to a season-low nine points. The star guard was playing with a jammed finger and sore wrist, but did have 10 assists for the Wizards, who fell to 19-19 a day after moving above .500 for the first time since November 2015.
"They made big plays at the end. We missed a lot of good-looking shots," Washington coach Scott Brooks said. "They got physical. They got their hands on us. We couldn't get anything done and turned the ball over a few times."