John Wall and the Wizards jumped out to a 16-0 lead to start game 1 of east semis. Isaiah Thomas broke the spell with a trio of free throws after drawing a foul on Wall beyond the arc.
The Wizards continued to get anything they wanted in the paint as Gortat bullied the Celtics front line prompting Brad Stevens to insert Amir Johnson to combat the size.
Boston continued to struggle until Thomas made back to back three point baskets closing the gap to 22-11. They also got a boost from Kelly Olynyk who scored 11 points off the bench to pace the Celtics close but couldn’t keep the red hot Wizards from scoring 38 first quarter points.
Thing s however took a turn for the Wizards as Markieff Morris went down after drawing a foul on Horford with the Wizards only up two. He would not return to the game. Boston would go on to outscore the Wizards 35-26 in the 2nd and would trail 64-59 at the half.
The Celtics would take their first lead in the third at the 6:54 mark to lead 73-71 on a Jae Crowder three and would go up as many as 15 never looking back. Al Horford came on strong in the 2nd half grabbing multiple offensive boards, dishing out 10 assists while scoring 21 points.
The Wizards would claw back to get within four points to make it 99-103 on a pair of Bojan Bogdanovic free throws but would ultimately fall 111-123.
John Wall finished with 20 points and 16 assists while Marcin Gortat would go on to have his best game since the playoffs started finishing with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Markieff Morris has already stated that he will play in Game 2.
Thomas who lost a tooth midway in the first lead all scorers with a game high 33 points on 11-23 shooting and nine assists.
Game two is Tuesday in Boston. Tip-off is 8 PM EST on TNT
Baseline Times Staff Writer