Thomas scores 38, Celtics lift divided to kick Wizards 117-108

BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas was good for 3 buliding and scarcely unstoppable in a fourth.

Thomas scored 20 of his 38 points in a final duration and a Boston Celtics pulled divided late for a 117-108 win over a Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

The Celtics won for a fifth time in 6 games and finished Washington’s three-game winning streak. The diversion was earthy via and got exhilarated after a final buzzer as a speak continued and scarcely escalated into something more.

Boston’s Jae Crowder forked a finger toward Washington’s John Wall as a dual squared off nearby a Wizards bench.

“Just dual teams personification hard,” pronounced Crowder, who had 20 points.

Wall swiped during Crowder though seemed to miss, afterwards a players were directed toward a locker rooms. Some indispensable some-more superintendence than others, including Boston’s Marcus Smart, who raw and undone a Wizards via a game. Smart continued chattering divided during a Wizards as he was escorted to a Celtics’ tunnel, where military lined a hallways troublesome anything more.

“It’s a earthy team. We’re physical. Neither one of us has to be pumped,” pronounced Bradley Beal, who led Washington with 35 points.

“It was only a earthy game. That’s all it was.”

Smart and Beal got tangled adult underneath a Washington basket and both fell to a building in a third quarter. Officials and teammates distant a dual as they got adult and exchanged words. Smart was called for a tainted and Beal perceived a technical.

There were 5 technicals in all, dual of them on Boston for three-second violations and a others for removing a small too physical.

Al Horford combined 16 points and 9 rebounds for a Celtics. Crowder scored 20 and Terry Rozier had 11.

Otto Porter Jr. scored 20 points for Washington, and Markieff Morris finished with 14.

Boston hold John to a season-low 9 points. The star ensure was personification with a tangled finger and bruise wrist, though did have 10 assists for a Wizards, who fell to 19-19 a day after relocating above .500 for a initial time given Nov 2015.

“They finished large plays during a end. We missed a lot of attractive shots,” Washington manager Scott Brooks said. “They got physical. They got their hands on us. We couldn’t get anything finished and incited a round over a few times.”

The Wizards pulled forward in a third entertain with an 11-3 run and led 79-69. Boston pulled to 85-83 during a finish of a third and regained a lead early in a fourth on a three-point play by Thomas.

Thomas scored 8 true points, including back-to-back 3s, to put Boston adult 98-91, though a Wizards answered with their possess 8-0 run to recover a lead.

Porter gave a Wizards a 99-98 corner with 5:36 left, though Horford got it right behind for Boston with 5:12 left to start a 13-0 run for a Celtics. Thomas followed with a layup and Rozier strike a 3 to put Boston adult 105-99.

After a skip by Beal, a Celtics took it a other approach for another 3-pointer by Thomas for a 108-99 lead with 3:24 to go. Thomas was cheered on during his swell by friend Floyd Mayweather Jr., a late champion fighter sitting in a front row. Thomas combined another 3 and Horford strike from over a arc for a 111-99 lead.


Thomas has scored during slightest 20 points in a past 23 games.

“It was impressive,” Horford said. “He’s been personification as considerable as I’ve seen someone play.”


Brooks pronounced a postgame tensions were only a outcome of earthy basketball. No punches were landed and everybody finished it behind to a locker bedrooms peacefully, nonetheless it will be engaging to see Smart and Beal face off again Jan. 24 in Washington.

“Both rival players competing, and that’s what we wish your players to do,” Brooks said.


Brooks remarkable Wall’s tangled finger and bruise wrist didn’t assistance his shooting. He was 4 for 21 and missed all 5 of his 3-point attempts.

“It’s going to impact him a small bit in a subsequent integrate of weeks, though he’s tough. He’s not going to complain,” Brooks said. “That’s what we adore about him. we adore that rival spirit.”


Wizards: Marcin Gortat had 10 points and 9 rebounds. … Beal scored 16 in a initial period. … Wall scored his initial points with 5:54 left in a second entertain on a 16-foot jumper.

Celtics: Boston shot 72 percent (13 of 18) from a building in a initial quarter, including 8 of 11 on 3-pointers, and led 36-35 after one. … G Avery Bradley (right Achilles strain) was one of 5 players out for a Celtics. Also sidelined were James Young (right ankle sprain), Tyler Zeller (sinus infection), Amir Johnson (sprained right ankle) and Jaylen Brown (sprained ankle). Smart started during sharpened ensure for Bradley, and Jordan Mickey transposed Johnson for his initial career start.


Wizards: Host a Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night to open a three-game homestand.

Celtics: Visit a Atlanta Hawks on Friday, afterwards come behind home for 3 straight.

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