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The Boston Celtics destroy the Washington Wizards, taking 3-2 lead in series

The Boston Celtics destroy the Washington Wizards, taking 3-2 lead in series

Tonight marked the fifth game between the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards in their playoff series.  These two teams cannot wait for this series to be done and over with as it has been quite personal on both sides, including ejections, suspensions and fines.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Boston Celtics as they defeat the Wizards with a 123-111 score.  Isaiah Thomas would score thirty-three points, pull down one rebound and dish off nine assists.  Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-seven points, one rebound and four assists.  The Celtics would also hand the Wizards an overtime loss as they pull away with a 129 to 119 score in Game 2.  In that game, Isaiah Thomas would chalk up a career-high fifty-three points, along with four rebounds and four assists.  John Wall would settle for forty points, three rebounds and thirteen assists.  The Wizards would bounce back in Game 3 as they hand the Boston team a 116-89 blowout loss.  John Wall would end up with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  Al Horford would score sixteen points, pull down two rebounds and give out three assists.  Washington would also win the last game as they defeat the Celtics, 121 to 102.  In that game, Bradley Beal finished with twenty-nine points and four rebounds.  Isaiah Thomas would settle for nineteen points, one rebound and five assists.  Each team would look to take a 3-2 lead in the series tonight as they face off in the TD Garden.

The game would start off right for the home team as the Celtics shot sixty-five percent from the field as a team, limiting the Wizards to thirty-five percent.  Avery Bradley would get hot for fourteen points, collecting six of them from behind the arc.  He would shoot seventy-five percent while pulling down three rebounds in the process.  Four-time All-Star, Al Horford, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he gets rewarded with five points.  He would also knock down a three-pointer while doing so.  Jae Crowder would only to be limited to four points but he would jump up to pull down four defensive rebounds.  As for the Nation’s Capital’s team, Bradley Beal would shoot thirty-three percent from the field, earning himself six points.  Otto Porter Jr. would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to four points.  Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat and John Wall would each be limited to two points as the Boston Celtics ended the first quarter with a 33-21 lead.  Things would not get easier for the Wizards as Bradley would continue to put on a scoring display, shooting eighty percent from the field while collecting eleven points in return.  He would knock down two three-pointers in the process while Crowder would earn himself ten points, gathering six of them from beyond the arc.  Horford would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, putting up six points as a result.  On the other end of the court, Wall would try to keep his Wizards team in it as he throws up twelve points, hitting a three-pointer while doing so.  He would also pull down three rebounds but it was the home team that walked into halftime with a commanding 67-51 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the Wizards as Horford would come out of the locker room to put up eight points, six of them coming from behind the three-point line.  Isaiah Thomas would contribute with five points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process as Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson and Avery Bradley would each be limited to four points in the quarter.  Markieff Morris would try to bring his Wizards team back in it as he throws up seven points including one three-pointer.  Porter Jr. and Beal would each be limited to six points as they both would shoot fifty percent from the field.  Former Pacers player, Ian Mahinmi, would come off the bench to knock down three free-throws as John Wall would be held scoreless in the nine minutes that he played.  Gortat would collect two points, along with three rebounds but it was the Boston team that would walk into the last quarter with a 93-76 lead.  The Celtics would finish things off in the last period as Marcus Smart would come off the bench to chalk up eight points which would contain two three-pointers.  He would also crash the boards for four defensive rebounds as Thomas himself would earn eight points, including one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would gather up three rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet total, as well.  On the other end of the court, Wall would try his best to bring the Wizards back as he would chalk up seven points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would collect three of those points from beyond the arc as Kelly Oubre Jr. would come off the bench to shoot forty-three percent from the field.  He would also earn seven points, which would hold one three-pointer, but it was the Boston Celtics that defeated the Washington Wizards with a 123-101 blowout, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.  Avery Bradley would finish with twenty-nine points (his new Playoff career-high), six rebounds and three assists.  John Wall finished with twenty-one points, four rebounds and four assists.

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Atlanta Hawks cruise past the Washington Wizards, preventing a 3-0 lead

Atlanta Hawks cruise past the Washington Wizards, preventing a 3-0 lead

The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks series has been a very personal one for both teams from John Wall’s constant stare downs on the Hawks’ player to Markieff Morris and Paul Millsap getting into heated arguments on the court.  Last night would mark the third game between these two ball clubs as the Hawks looked to take a win in Atlanta.  Game 1 was a victory for the Washington team as they would defeat the Hawks, 114-107.  John Wall finished with thirty-two points, four rebounds and fourteen assists.  Dennis Schroder ended up with twenty-five points, three rebounds and nine assists.  The second game was also a victory for the Wizards as they pull away with a 109-101 win.  In that game, John Wall scored thirty-two points, grabbed five rebounds and gave out nine assists.  Paul Millsap put up twenty-seven points, ten rebounds and four assists.  The Wizards looked to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series last night in the Philips Arena.

The Atlanta Hawks would start off on the right foot as they put on a scoring display in the first period, shooting 65% from the field, limiting the visiting team to 30%.  Dennis Schroder lit the floor up with fifteen points, including two 3-pointers.  Taurean Prince, Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard would each score five points.  Prince would score three of those from behind the 3-point line while Millsap pulls down six rebounds. On the other end, John Wall would put up fourteen points, which would contain one 3-pointer but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a huge 38-20 lead.  The Wizards would look to cut into the lead as both Markieff Morris and John Wall go for seven points.  Morris would collect three of those from beyond the arc while John Wall would crash the boards for one rebound and dish off two assists.  But the Hawks wouldn’t ease up as former Jazz player, Paul Millsap, drops ten points and grabs three rebounds.  Dennis Schroder would add five more points to his scoring total as the Georgia team walks into halftime with a large 64 to 46 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the D.C. team as Millsap comes out of the locker room to score nine points, shooting 67% from the field.  Rookie Taurean Prince would shoot a perfect 100% from the field, scoring seven points.  Dwight Howard would be held scoreless in the third quarter but he would go to grab four rebounds.  North Carolina-native John Wall would try to bring his Washington team back in it as he drops eight points, grabs two rebounds and dishes off two assists but it was the Atlanta Hawks that ended the third with a powerful 90-67 lead.  The Wizards would go on a 31 to 26 run in the last quarter as Kelly Oubre Jr. comes off the bench to knock down three 3-pointers and grab three rebounds.  Brandon Jennings would also come off the bench to give out three assists and drop seven points, which contained one 3-pointer.  On the other end of the court, Baltimore-native Malcolm Delaney would come off the bench to chalk up eight points, which would hold one 3-pointer as the Altanta Hawks defeat the Washington Wizards with a 116-98 win, making the series 2-1.  Paul Millsap would finish the game with twenty-nine points, fourteen rebounds and five assists.  John Wall woud ended up with twenty-nine points, four rebounds and seven assists.

The Washington Wizards pull away with a victory, taking 2-0 lead in series

The Washington Wizards pull away with a victory, taking 2-0 lead in series

Tonight marked the second game between the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks.  Last game left a bit of controversy as Paul Millsap would describe the Wizards’ style of play “MMA”.  The Hawks would make a vow to play a more physical game in Game 2.  The first game would end in a 114-107 Washington victory as John Wall finished with thirty-two points, four rebounds and fourteen assists.  Dennis Schroder would end up with twenty-five points, three rebounds and nine assists.  The Atlanta Hawks would look to tie the series up tonight in the Nation’s Capital.

The beginning period would start off well for both teams as they shoot in the high-30%.  Dennis Schroder would start off with twelve points and three assists.  Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard and bench player, Kent Bazemore, would all shoot 50% from the field, earning four points.  No player on the Hawks team would connect for three points as only four shots were attempted from beyond the arc.  Point guard John Wall would also chalk up twelve points for the D.C. team, which would include one 3-pointer.  Bradley Beal would score seven points, containing one 3-pointer to help Wall out but it would be the visiting team ending the first quarter with a tight 24-23 lead.  The Wizards would go on a 28 to 19 run as former Suns player, Marcin Gortat, drops eight points and pulls down three rebounds.  John Wall would connect for a 3-pointer and knock down two free throws as he receives five points.  Jason Smith and former Knicks, Brandon Jennings, would come off the bench to four points.  Beal would knock down a three-pointer and hit a free throw to earn himself four points.  On the other end, Tim Hardaway Jr. would only shoot 33% from the field, settling for four points.  Bazemore would also throw up four points as the home team walk into halftime with a 51-43 advantage.  The Hawks would return the favor with a 35 to 23 run of their own as power forward Paul Millsap gets hot for fourteen points, shooting 60% from the field.  He would also crash the boards to pull down four rebounds, as well.  Taurean Prince would connect for all five shots, including two free throws, earning himself eight points.  As far as the Nation’s Capital team, John Wall would add seven points to his scoring total, along with two assists.  Gortat would drop six points and grab five rebounds while Beal settles for four points.  The Atlanta Hawks would finally grab hold of a lead as Washington trails behind, 78-74, at the end of the third.  The fourth quarter would belong to the Wizards, though, as they go on a 35 to 23 run.  Bradley Beal will start to heat up as he lights the floor up with sixteen points, including two 3-pointers.  Hardaway Jr. would chalk up ten  points for his Hawks team but it was the Washington Wizards who pull away with a 109 to 101 victory, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  John Wall would finish with thirty-two points, five rebounds and nine assists.  Paul Millsap finished with twenty-seven points, ten rebounds and four assists.

The Miami Heat get eliminated from the NBA Playoffs

The Miami Heat get eliminated from the NBA Playoffs

Tonight was the battle for the 7th and 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.  Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat were looking to stay alive in the top eight seeds of the Conference.  The Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat were tied for the 8th spot while the Indiana Pacers were sitting at number seven.  The Pacers would clinch the 7th seed if they won or if both the Bulls and the Heat lost.  They would be eliminated if they lost and both the Bulls and Heat won.  The Bulls would clinch the 7th seed if they won and the Pacers ended up with a loss.  They would be eliminated if they lost and the Heat won.  The Heat would clinch the 7th seed if they won and both the Pacers and the Bulls lost.  They would be eliminated if they lost and if the Bulls and Pacers both won.

The Miami Heat took on the Washington Wizards in Miami, where the Heat would win, 110-102.  The Chicago Bulls would take on the struggling Brooklyn Nets in Chicago where the Bulls easily won, 112-73.  The Indiana Pacers would take on the Atlanta Hawks in Indiana where the Pacers would win, 104-86.  With those being the final scores, the Miami Heat would be eliminated from the Playoffs while the Indiana Pacers and the Chicago Bulls would take the 7th and 8th seeds.  This would mark the first time the Chicago Bulls would play in the Playoffs since the 2014-2015 season and the second straight season for the Indiana Pacers.  The Indiana Pacers will face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round while the Chicago Bulls will face the Boston Celtics in the first round.  Miami Heat would end their season with a 41-41 record.

Miami Heat defeats the Washington Wizards to win the regular season series

Miami Heat defeats the Washington Wizards to win the regular season series

The 40-41 Miami Heat will look to clinch the 8th seed as they host the 49-32 Washington Wizards in American Airlines Arena.  These two teams have met three times this season with Miami winning every game.  The first game was played on November 19 in Washington as the Heat won, 114-111.  In that game, Goran Dragic would score twenty-two points, grab four rebounds and give out six assists.  John Wall would take thirty-four points, four rebounds and eight assists.  Bradley Beal would accept thirty-four points, five rebounds and four assists.  The second meeting would be held on December 12 in Miami as the home team would escape with a 112-101 victory.  Goran Dragic would drop thirty-four points, five rebounds and five assists.  John Wall would drop thirty points, six rebounds and eight assists.  The last time these teams battled each other was on April 8 in the Verizon Center as the Miami team would sneak off with a 106 to 103 win.  Hassan Whiteside would drop thirty points, twelve rebounds and two assists.  Markieff Morris would score twenty-one points and grab five rebounds.  The Miami Heat will look to win the regular season series against this team, 4-0, as well as grabbing hold of the number eight spot.

The first quarter would start off right for the Washington Wizards as Marcin Gortat would light up the floor with ten points, shooting 83% from the field.  Missouri-native, Otto Porter Jr., would drop six points, despite dealing with back spasms.  On the other end, Goran Dragic would take eight points which included one 3-pointer but it would be the visiting team that would enter the second quarter with a 27 to 23 lead.  The second period would belong to the home team as they go on a 33-23 run.  Hassan Whiteside would put up eight points and pull down five rebounds.  Former Nets player, Willie Reed, would come off the bench to score six points and grab three rebounds, as well.  Bojan Bogdanovic would score seven points for his Washington team, along with Trey Burke’s six points but it would be the South Beach team that would enter halftime with a 56-50 advantage.  The third quarter would continue to be on Miami’s side as the second-round pick in the 2015 draft, Josh Richardson, would collect eight which included two 3-pointers.  Willie Reed would come back off the bench to add eight more points to his scoring total.  Sheldon McClellan would score nine points to help his D.C. team out but it would still be the Miami Heat who end the third quarter holding on to a large 91-77 lead.  Former Jazz player, Trey Burke, would get hot for fourteen points in the last period, which included four 3-pointers.  Goran Dragic collects nine more points as the Miami Heat pull away with a 110-102 win.  Goran Dragic would finish the game with twenty-eight points, four rebounds and five assists.  Trey Burke finishes with twenty-seven points and four assists.  John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris would not play this game.