It was the John Wall show in game four as the Wizards remained undefeated at home in the playoffs. A 26-0 run by the Wizards led to a 121-102 win. The game would be tied 48-48 at halftime as Washington would be playing without Kelly Oubre Jr. who was suspended for shoving Celtics Kelly Olynyk in the first-half of game three Friday night.
Wall would have a slow start to the game missing his first eight shots. The Wizards would also see their biggest deficit at 12 points int he second quarter before the Wizards closed the gap to tie the score at 48 a piece at the half.
The 26-0 run isn’t too uncommon in this series. Boston previously gave up a 22-0 run and a 16-0 run. Big time contributions from Wall, Marcin Gortat, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and, Markieff Morris boosted the Wizards in the third quarter. Forcing turnovers left and right the Wizards would eventually finish with 34 points off turnovers in game four. Wall would finished with 27 points and 12 assists. Beal lead all scorers with 29 points.
The Celtics struggled offensively in the third and part of it being the inability to handle the ball well. Isaiah Thomas would finish with 19 points. After the game he was frustrated with the way the game was called as he did not attempted a free-throw. ”It’s got to be called differently,” Thomas said. ”I can’t be allowed to be held and grabbed every pin-down, every screen and I don’t even shoot one free throw.” Brad Stevens adjusted his line-up by starting Amir Johnson who would only play 12 minutes.
The defense of the Wizards continues on from the first-round series. The quick athletic ability from Wall and Beal has allowed the Wizards to get out and run as they force turnovers. The Celtics will need to limit the turnovers and limit the Wizards to one shot. Gortat has played a big role in crashing the offensive boards creating second chance options.
Game five is on Wednesday night in Boston. Tip-off is 8:00 PM on TNT.