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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

Tonight’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors will mark the fifth game in their playoff series.  The first game was on April 14 when the Raptors defeated the Wizards with a 114-106 score.  During that game, Serge Ibaka scored twenty-three points, grabbed twelve rebounds, gave out one assist and blocked two shots while John Wall had twenty-three points, three rebounds, fifteen assists, four steals and two blocks.  The Raptors would also take Game 2 as they pulled out a 130-119 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished that game with thirty-seven points, five rebounds, and four assists while John Wall had twenty-nine points, four rebounds, nine assists and one block.

The Washington Wizards would make a desperate comeback as they handed the Raptors a 122-103 blowout loss in Game 3.  During that game, Bradley Beal scored twenty-eight points, pulled down four rebounds, dished out four assists and committed three steals.  John Wall also had twenty-eight points, along with seven rebounds, fourteen assists, four steals and one block while DeRozan finished with twenty-three points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.  Game 4 would also be a victory for the Washington team as they snuck away with a 106 to 98 win.  Beal had thirty-one points in that game, along with five rebounds and two assists while DeRozan had thirty-five points, six rebounds, six assists and one steal.  The Wizards will look to take a 3-2 lead in the series as they travel back to Canada to battle the Raptors for Game 5.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

Jodie Meeks (suspension; 6.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.9 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
Jason Smith (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 39.1 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Chris McCullough (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 42.9 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Ramon Sessions (4.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 35.9 FG%, 30.8 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Fred VanVleet (shoulder; 8.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 42.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
Lorenzo Brown (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 41.2 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 61.3 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be somewhat competitive as the Toronto Raptors shot forty-five percent from the field while the Washington Wizards shot thirty-eight percent.  DeMar DeRozan would get extremely hot as he scored twenty points which included two three-pointers.  He also had two assists while Kyle Lowry contributed with seven points which held a three-pointer in the second period.  Lowry had two defensive rebounds and three assists while Jonas Valanciunas earned himself six points, six rebounds, and two blocks.  Meanwhile, Serge Ibaka was kept to just two points on thirty-three percent shooting while OG Anunoby was held scoreless.  California-native Delon Wright played twelve minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points.

As for the visiting team, John Wall saw to it that he got twelve points while grabbing five defensive rebounds, dishing off four assists and committing one steal.  Bradley Beal would help out with eight points which included a three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.  Beal also had three defensive rebounds and three assists while Otto Porter threw up seven points on fifty percent shooting.  Kelly Oubre played the most minutes out of Washington’s reserves but was restricted to five points as the Raptors went into halftime with a tight 48 to 47 lead.

The Canada team would close things out in the second half, though, as they sparked up a 60-51 run while shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  In the course of that run, DeRozan received twelve points which carried a three-pointer near the end of the third quarter.  The 20th pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft Delon Wright assisted with eleven points on a high sixty percent shooting.  On the other end of the court, John Wall chalked up fourteen points but that wouldn’t be enough as the Toronto Raptors take a 3-2 series lead with a 108-98 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with thirty-two points, two rebounds, and five assists while John Wall had twenty-six points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three blocks.

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The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a 123-101 loss

The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a 123-101 loss

The Cleveland Cavaliers were looking to avoid their second straight loss as they visited Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Cavaliers ended up taking a heartbreaking loss to the Brooklyn Nets, 112 to 107.  The Pelicans, on the other hand, are looking for their second straight win as Anthony Davis would be available to play along.

During the first quarter of the game, the Pelicans shot sixty-one percent from the field while the Cavaliers were held to thirty-five percent.  Anthony Davis would drop ten points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  He ended up pulling down four defensive rebounds while E’Twaun Moore shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he received ten points, as well.  Jrue Holiday recorded eight points, two defensive rebounds, and three assists while DeMarcus Cousins would be held to five points and four assists.

On the other end of the court, LeBron James shot a low thirty-three percent from the field while posting up eight points.  Kevin Love would contribute with two three-pointers and one free-throw while pulling down five defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder would come off of the bench to gobble up three rebounds while Iman Shumpert scored five points with three coming from beyond the arc.  Dwyane Wade would be held scoreless in the four minutes that he played as the home team ended the first quarter with a 35 to 22 lead.

The second period would be held closely as both teams shot fifty-five percent from the field each.  Dwyane Wade heated up for ten points off of the bench while Kevin Love would settle for six points along with two defensive rebounds.  Tristan Thompson ended up with five points and two defensive rebounds while LeBron James would be held to just one free-throw in the seven minutes that he played but he did manage to get off three assists.

As for the New Orleans team, Holiday would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting nine points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Moore scored eight points with six of them coming from behind the three-point line.  Cousins shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points while pulling down four defensive rebounds and dishing out three assists.  Davis ended up with four points on twenty percent shooting from the field but he managed to collect three rebounds.  Ian Clark would play for the entire quarter but would be held to just a three-pointer as the Pelicans went into halftime with a 65 to 52 advantage.

The Ohio team would go on a 31 to 24 run in the third as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while holding the Pelicans to forty percent shooting from the field.  DeMarcus Cousins would get hot for fifteen points while shooting fifty-five percent from the field.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process while gobbling up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Jrue Holiday would be held to five points in the twelve minutes that he played but would knock down a three-pointer in the process.  Davis settled for four points and three rebounds in the ten minutes that he played.

Love would help the Cavs out as he heated up for eleven points, collecting nine of those points from behind the arc.  He also grabbed one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds while LeBron James scored nine points on eighty percent shooting from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process to go along with the three defensive rebounds and three assists that he recorded.  J.R. Smith would drill a three-pointer while Kyle Korver and Wade came off the bench to do the same.  Crowder came off of the bench to dish off two assists as the home team went into the fourth quarter with an 89-83 lead.

The Pelicans would finish things off in the last period as they went on a 34 to 18 run, shooting fifty percent from the field while holding the Cleveland Cavaliers to thirty-three percent.  Anthony Davis would heat up for twelve points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He ended up connecting for two three-pointers in the process while collecting one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Jrue Holiday would score seven points with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Moore would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to give himself six points while DeMarcus Cousins settled for three points but did manage to record four defensive rebounds and two assists.

On the other end of the court, former Celtics’ forward Jeff Green would chalk up five points off the bench while shooting fifty percent from the field, collecting two defensive rebounds in the process.  Cedi Osman also came off of the bench as he recorded four points and three defensive rebounds.  Wade would be held to two points while Korver was scoreless in the seven minutes that he played.  Ante Zizic came off of the bench to gobble to two defensive rebounds but it was the New Orleans Pelicans who escaped with a 123 to 101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Anthony Davis finished the game with thirty points, fourteen rebounds, and two assists.  Kevin Love ended up with twenty-six points, eleven rebounds, and one assist.

 

The Washington Wizards escape with a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers

The Washington Wizards escape with a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers

Wednesday’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers would mark the first of three matchups.  Last season, the Wizards finished at fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 49-33 record but they would lose to the Boston Celtics in the Semifinals, 3-4.  The 76ers, on the other hand, finished with a 28-54 record at the fourteenth place in the Conference.  They would look to start the season off right as they visited the Nation’s Capital to take on the Wizards.

During the first quarter of the game, the Wizards shot forty-eight percent from the field while the 76ers would shoot thirty-six percent from the field.  Otto Porter scored eight points in the first quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Four-time All-Star John Wall would contribute with six points while shooting only thirty-eight percent from the field.  Mike Scott would come off of the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would record five points while knocking down one three-pointer.

As for the Pennsylvania team, Joel Embiid would drop six points which would include four free-throws.  He would also do some work on the boards as he pulled down five defensive rebounds.  Ben Simmons would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points while rookie Markelle Fultz would come off the bench to drop four points, along with two offensive rebounds but the Wizards would walk into the second quarter with a 32 to 23 lead.

In the second period, the Philadelphia 76ers would shoot fifty-six percent from the field as the Washington Wizards shot fifty percent.  Robert Covington would score eight points in the quarter, six coming from beyond the arc and the other two coming from the charity stripe.  Simmons would drop six points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard J.J. Redick would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.

On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to earn himself six points as Wall would be limited to only four points, all coming from the free-throw line.  Kelly Oubre would come off of the bench to drill a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points.  Jodie Meeks and Ian Mahinmi would also earn four points each but it was the 76ers who ended the first half with a 59-56 lead.

Both teams would shoot thirty-five percent from the field each in the third quarter but it was the home team that sparked up a 34 to 23 run.  Wall would heat up for fourteen points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He also managed to get a hold of three rebounds as Beal would chalk up eleven points.  Meeks would come off of the bench to collect six points while Oubre would contribute with a three-pointer.

As for the 76ers, Covington would put up ten additional points as he drills two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Both Simmons and Fultz would be limited to four points each as Joel Embiid would manage to collect four defensive rebounds and two assists.  He would only be limited to two points in the eight minutes that he played as the Washington team would walk into the last quarter with a 90-82 advantage.

In the last period, the 76ers would shoot fifty-four percent from the field as the Wizards shot forty-six percent.  Arizona-native Jerryd Bayless would collect ten points in this quarter as he drops two three-pointers in the process.  Robert Covington ended up scoring eight points with six of them coming from behind the arc.  He would also grab four rebounds as Embiid dropped six points.

The Wizards would not shy away as Marcin Gortat would heat up for ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Bradley Beal would contribute with six points but would end up earning all of them from the free-throw line.  John Wall scored four points while Kelly Oubre collected two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.

With twenty seconds remaining in the game, the 76ers would only be down by two points.  Beal would go to the line to knock down one of his two free-throws, giving the Wizards a 116 to 113 lead.  Gortat would then be sent to the line as he nails both of his free shots, extending the lead to five points.  Covington would end up tipping a shot into the basket off of an attempted three-pointer by Embiid.  With only two seconds remaining in the game, Bradley Beal would be sent to the line as he knocks down both of his free-throws, giving the Washington Wizards a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

John Wall would finish the game with twenty-eight points, five rebounds, and eight assists.  Robert Covington ended up finishing the game with twenty-nine points, seven rebounds, and one assist.  Markelle Fultz would score ten points, pulled down three rebounds and dishing off one assist in the season debut.

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

Yesterday’s game between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat would mark the first of four games that these two would play each other.  Last season, the Miami Heat finished at ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 41-41 record, nearly making the playoffs.  The Orlando Magic, on the other hand, landed at the thirteenth spot in the Conference with a 29-53 record.

During the first quarter of the game, the Miami Heat shot fifty-four percent from the field while the Orlando Magic would shoot forty-six percent from the field.  Former Boston Celtics’ power forward Kelly Olynyk would put up seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Hassan Whiteside would score six points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also managed to grab two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds as well.  Goran Dragic would also score six points while dishing off four assists.

As for the Orlando team, California-native Aaron Gordon would drop seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also went up to grab three defensive rebounds to add to his performance.  Nikola Vucevic would put up six points, along with one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  D.J. Augustin would come off the bench to contribute with five points but it was the Heat who ended the first quarter with a 37 to 32 lead.

The Magic would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the second quarter while the Heat would end up shooting only thirty-six percent from the field.  Evan Fournier recorded seven points, three coming from behind the three-point line.  Terrence Ross would score five points in the quarter while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Gordon would be limited to only four points but he would grab three rebounds to contribute.

On the other end of the court, former Sacramento Kings’ small forward James Johnson would chalk up four points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Justise Winslow would play for eleven minutes, only to be limited to three points which he earned from behind the arc.  Wayne Ellington would also score three points as the Magic ended the first half with a 26 to 18 run.

During the third quarter of the game, the Heat would continue to struggle as they only shot thirty-eight percent from the field while the Magic shot fifty-six percent.  Elfrid Payton would drop nine points in the third quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process while he grabbed two defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Vucevic ended up scoring eight points while grabbing three defensive rebounds.

As for the South Beach team, Dragic chalked up five points while connecting for a three-pointer in the process.  Both Waiters and Whiteside would put up four points while shooting fifty percent from the field each.  Whiteside would also gobble up four defensive rebounds to add to his performance but the Orlando Magic would go into the last quarter with an 88 to 78 advantage.

In the fourth period, the Magic would shoot forty-eight percent from the field as the Heat shot forty-one percent from the field.  Hassan Whiteside would heat up for fourteen points while pulling down a total of eight rebounds.  He would also connect for his first three-pointer of his career.  Dion Waiter chalked up seven additional points while hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  James Johnson would play for ten minutes only to be limited to four points but he did record three rebounds and six assists.

For the Magic, Fournier would put up nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Toronto Raptors’ center Bismack Biyombo would score six points as he pulled down four rebounds.  Ross ended up scoring five points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line as the Orlando Magic end up winning the game, 116 to 109.  Evan Fournier finished the game with twenty-three points, one rebound, and three assists.  Hassan Whiteside would finish with twenty-six points, twenty-two rebounds and one assist.

The Boston Celtics defeat the Washington Wizards as they advance to the next round

The Boston Celtics defeat the Washington Wizards as they advance to the next round

Last night marked the seventh and final game between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  This would be a physical and challenging series for both team as they try to make it through to the next round, where the Cavaliers await for them.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Celtics as they pull away with a 123-111 win.  In that game, Isaiah Thomas scored thirty-three points, pulled down one rebound and dished off nine assists.  Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-seven points, one rebound and four assists.  The Celtics would win the second game, as well, escaping with a 129 to 119 overtime win.  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 three assists.  The Washington team would bounce back in Game 3 as they hand the Celtics a 116-89 blowout loss.  In that game, John Wall scored twenty-four points, pulled down one rebound and dished off eight assists.  Al Horford ended up with sixteen points, two rebounds and three assists.  The Wizards would also win the next game, as they defeat the Celtics with 121 to 102 score.  Bradley Beal finished with twenty-nine points and four rebounds.  Isaiah Thomas would put up nineteen points, one rebound and five assists.  Boston would bounce back as they won Game 5, pulling away with a 123-101 win.  Avery Bradley ended up with a Playoff career-high twenty-nine points, six rebounds and three assists.  John Wall scored twenty-one points, grabbed down four rebounds and threw out for assists.  The last game would be a tight victory for the Wizards as they pull away with a 92-91 win.  Bradley Beal finished with thirty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  Isaiah Thomas chalked up twenty-seven points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Avery Bradley ended up with twenty-seven points, as well, along with three rebounds and one assist.  Each team would look to win last night in the TD Garden and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Al Horford, Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas would each drop five points in the first quarter while bench players, Jaylen Brown and Kelly Olynyk would do the same.  Horford, Bradley and Brown would each knock down a three-pointer while collecting their five points.  Thomas would connect for jumper to earn two points while collecting the other three at the free-throw line.  Olynyk would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field while gathering up one defensive rebound and one assist in the process.  As for the Washington team, Markieff Morris would chalk up seven points, knocking down one three-pointer while doing so.  He would also gobble up four defensive rebounds while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Bradley Beal would shoot twenty-five percent from the field while gathering up five points.  He would knock down a jumper to give himself two points while earning the other three from the charity stripe.  John Wall would shoot forty percent from the field to give himself five points, as well.  He would also grab one defensive rebound while dishing off two assists.  The second-round pick in the 2005 draft, Marcin Gortat, would be held scoreless throughout the first quarter but he would jump up to pull down three rebounds.  Bench player, Bojan Bogdanovic, would come off the bench to knock down two free-throws but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 27-23 lead.

The Wizards would return the favor with a 32 to 26 run in the second quarter as they shoot fifty-six percent from the field as a team, limiting the Celtics to forty-seven percent.  During that run, Beal would add nine more points to his scoring total, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  Otto Porter Jr. would contribute with eight points, along with six rebounds.  He would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field in the twelve minutes that he played.  Wall would also put up eight points as he shoots eighty percent from the field, dishing off two assists in the process.  Morris would be limited to only one three-pointer and one free-throw but he would manage to pull down two defensive rebounds.  Gortat would still be held scoreless but would crash the boards for three rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Thomas would keep his Boston team in it as he puts up seven points, along with three assists.  Olynyk would also chalk up seven points as he shoots seventy-five percent from the field.  Jae Crowder would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, as well, collecting six points as a reward.  Horford, Bradley and bench player, Marcus Smart, would each be limited to two points as the Wizards enter halftime with a 55-53 lead.

Isaiah Thomas would come out of the locker room to drop twelve points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  He would give out two assists while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Horford would contribute with eight points, which would include one three-pointer.  He would also grab two rebounds and throw out two assists, as well.  Texas-native, Marcus Smart, would come off the bench to knock down two three-pointers, giving himself six points.  He would also crash the boards for three defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and bench player, Jaylen Brown, would each be limited to two points in the quarter.  On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal would put up twelve points of his own which would include two three-pointers.  He would shoot seventy-one percent from the field as he pulls down two rebounds.  Porter Jr. would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to earn himself six points while he jumped up to grab one defensive rebound.  John Wall would play the entire quarter, only to shoot twenty-two percent from the field.  He would receive five points in return, though, which would hold one three-pointer.  He would also do some work on the glass as he gobbles up five rebounds.  Gortat would only knock down a free-throw to give himself one point but he would get two rebounds.  Morris would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played as the Celtics team would end the fourth quarter with a 85-79 advantage.

The home team would finish things off in the last period as Kelly Olynyk comes off the bench to light the floor with fourteen points, collecting six of them from behind the arc.  He would shoot eighty-three percent from the field as he grabbed two rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet total.  Thomas would shoot thirty-three percent from the field as he scores five points.  He would knock down one three-pointer while throwing out four assists in the process.  Both Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder would each shoot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Smart would be rewarded with five points as he grabs two defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder would only be rewarded with four as Jaylen Brown comes off the bench to earn two points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  As for the Nation’s Capital’s team, Bradley Beal would continue to put up numbers as he drops twelve points, containing two three-pointers.  He would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as Markieff Morris goes to chalk up seven points.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he nails a three-pointer in the process.  Marcin Gortat would start to warm up as he puts up five points and three rebounds.  John Wall would be held scoreless in the twelve minutes that he played, but he would manage to give out six assists.  Porter Jr. would only knock down two free-throws but it was the Boston Celtics who defeat the Washington Wizards to win the series, 4-3, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Isaiah Thomas would finish with twenty-nine points, two rebounds and twelve assists (his new Playoff career-high).  Kelly Olynyk would also record a new Playoff career-high with twenty-six points.  Bradley Beal finished with thirty-eight points (his new Playoff career-high), four rebounds and two assists.

The Boston Celtics come back to defeat the Washington Wizards in Game 1, taking a 1-0 lead in series

The Boston Celtics come back to defeat the Washington Wizards in Game 1, taking a 1-0 lead in series

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.

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.

Wizards pull away with a win as they close the season series

Wizards pull away with a win as they close the season series

The 30-47 New York Knicks would miss the Playoffs for a fourth straight season while the 46-31 Washington Wizards would make the Playoffs for the first time while being coached by Scott Brooks.  Tonight, these two teams would face off for the fourth time this season as Washington won the last three games against them.  The first game, which was played on November 17 in the Nation’s Capital, resulted in a 119-112 win for the home team.  In that game, John Wall would put up twenty-three points, while Derrick Rose would score twenty-seven points.  In the second game, which was played on January 19 in New York, the visiting team would escape with a 113 to 110 win.  In that game, John Wall would go for twenty-nine points, while Carmelo Anthony would put up thirty-four points.  The third matchup was on January 31 in Washington as the Wizards would win, 117-101.  In that game, Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-eight points while Carmelo Anthony ended up with twenty-six points.  This meeting tonight will mark the last encounter between these two teams as the Wizards look to take advantage of Kristaps Porzingis being out (back) and win this regular season series in New York.

In the first quarter, the Wizards would hit the ground running as John Wall shoots 100 percent from the field and put up ten points, including two 3-pointers.  Bradley Beal would also help out as he goes two for five from the field, earning himself seven points.  The home team would enter the second quarter, trailing 33 to 27.  In the second quarter, Kelly Oubre Jr. would come off the bench to post up seven points, including one 3-pointer.  On the other end, second-round pick Willy Hernangomez would earn himself six points, along with Carmelo Anthony’s five points.  But it was the Washington Wizards who would go to the locker room in halftime with a 59-51 lead.  The home team would look to come back as both Justin Holiday and Kyle O’Quinn would put up seven points, while Anthony scores five points including one 3-pointer.  On the other end, Marcin Gortat earned himself seven points, along with Wall’s five points as Washington ended the quarter with an 82-75 lead.  New York would go on a 28 to 24 run in the last period as Sasha Vujacic puts up eight points but with the help of Beal’s twelve points, it would be Washington who pulls away with a 106-103 win.  Bradley Beal would end the game with twenty-five points, three rebounds and one assist.  John Wall would also finish with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.