Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Celtics rip OT win from Wizards


Fiddling with his new mouth guard throughout the game, Thomas scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and nine in overtime to help the Celtics take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals.

The return home for Game 3 at Verizon Center on Thursday in a must-win situation.

Kelly Oubre Jr. sank a 3-pointer to make it 117-114 at the 3:55 mark of overtime, only to have Horford make a cutting finger roll 18 seconds later. Terry Rozier subbed in with Washington within four points.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Curry scored 22 points in three quarters of work and the top-seeded Golden State Warriors warmed up in a hurry after a weeklong layoff between playoff games, beating the Utah Jazz in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals. On Sunday, Boston was 19 of 39 on its 3-pointers, including 10 of 19 in the second half and 4 of 6 in the fourth quarter.

Wall finished with a double-double of 40 points and 13 assists, although the Celtics kept him scoreless in the overtime session.

Said Thomas: "It's nice for your name to be in Celtics history because of all the great players". However, they slowly began to lose it and then suddenly the Celtics were ahead and pulling away. Intent on showing his physical presence early, and perhaps retaliation for Al Horford's foul that led to his injury, he threw Horford into the first row of seats under the basket in front of the Wizards bench just three minutes into the game.

Instead of practicing Monday, Thomas underwent dental work to fix the damage of a Game 1 collision. Wall eventually ran out of steam after a sizzling start after going scoreless in extra time. He spoke and cried like nearly any brother would after losing a sibling in a tragic vehicle accident, which also shows just how pure love and extreme pain can shake even a grown man to the core.

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During player introductions, Thomas pointed to the TD Garden rafters when his name was called.

The Celtics committed seven turnovers in the first eight minutes as the Wizards converted that into eight points.

Not only did Thomas go for 53 points in the second game of the series, but he did so after dropping 33 in Game 1. And he's not adept at passing in traffic to pick apart the help to get his teammates easier shots just yet. Morris immediately was in great pain and gingerly left the court. Stop getting kicked out against Toronto all the time.

HollywoodLifers, who are you rooting for in this series, the Celtics or the Wizards? He was also fouled on the shot, fouling out Morris. He winced repeatedly and had to leave the floor. Wall sat to start the quarter, leaving Beal as the only starter.

Following the game, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens once again found himself - like most of us - stunned and amazed at how Thomas continues to find ways to elevate his game despite their being so many reasons, legitimate ones, for his game to fall off. Both were hit with technical but Morris appeared unhappy with Porter having his nose bloodied. This was similar to what took place in a regular-season matchup when Johnson only played four minutes despite starting.

The Wizards would score the next nine points, featuring a pair of midrange jumpers from Morris and a block by Morris on Crowder.

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