Yesterday marked the first game between the one-seed Boston Celtics and the four-seed Washington Wizards. The last time these two ball clubs met up in the postseason was in 1984, when the Wizards were formerly called the “Washington Bullets”. In that series, the Bullets would be defeated by the Celtics, 3-1. Since then, the Celtics would make twenty-two Playoff appearances while the Wizards would make eleven Playoff appearances. Earlier in these Playoffs, the Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls, 4-2, while the Wizards defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 4-2. Each team looked to start the series off right yesterday in the TD Garden.
The game would start off right for the Washington Wizards as they put on a scoring display, shooting sixty-seven percent from the field, limiting the Boston Celtics to thirty-eight percent. Marcin Gortat dropped nine points, along with three rebounds. Bradley Beal would also contribute with eight points, collecting three of those from beyond the arc. On the other end, Isaiah Thomas would get hot for twelve points which would contain three 3-pointers. Kelly Olynyk would come off the bench to chalk up ten points, collecting six of those from behind the three-point line. Avery Bradley would play for the entire first quarter, only to be held at two points while the Wizards close the first period with a 38-24 lead. The home team would start to come alive in the second period as two-time All-Star, Isaiah Thomas, would put up seven points while he dished off two assists. Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart would both drop six points each, both earning three of them from behind the line. Jae Crowder would score six points, as well, earning all of them from beyond the arc. Al Horford would play for nine points, as he only scores four points but he would crash the boards for rebounds and give out four assists. On the other end, John Wall would shoot thirty-eight percent from the field, scoring six points as the visiting team would enter halftime with a 64-59 advantage.
The Celtics would spark a large 36 to 16 run in the third quarter as Thomas lights the floor up with twelve points, collecting six of those from behind the three-point line. Former Mavericks player, Jae Crowder, would help with eleven points which would hold three 3-pointers. He would also crash the boards to grab three rebounds. Al Horford would add eight points to his stat sheet, along with four rebounds. On the other end, Otto Porter Jr. would put up five points, including one three-pointer but it was the home team that walked into the last quarter with a 95-80 lead. The Nation’s Capital’s ball club would look to cut into the deficit in the fourth period as Bradley Beal would chalk up eleven points, receiving six of them from beyond the arc. He would shoot fifty percent from the field while Bojan Bogdanovic comes off the bench to throw up ten points which would also include two three-pointers. He would shoot seventy-five percent from the field but it would be the Massachusetts team that would close things out as Horford scores nine more additional, which would contain one three-pointer. He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent as the Celtics win the first game, 123 to 111. Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, one rebound and nine assists. Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-seven points, one rebound and four assists.