The Washington Wizards finally found a way to beat the Boston Celtics after an 116-89 victory on Thursday night at Verizon Center. The physicality between the two teams continues to get more intense as the game finished with eight technical fouls and three ejections.
The climax of the Game 3 mainly focused betweeen Washington’s Kelly Oubre Jr. and Boston’s Kelly Olynyk. With more than nine minutes left in the second quarter, Isaiah Thomas was orchestrating the play for the Celtics. Olynyk came to give him a screen but send Oubre to the ground.
Coach Scott Brooks defends Kelly Oubre Jr.
Oubre immediately stood up and pushed down Olynyk. He received a technical foul and was ejected to the game. Meanwhile, Olynyk was called for illegal screen. Wizards head coach Scott Brooks urged his players to control their emotions but also defended Oubre’s action.
“We can’t respond that way, but when you get hit in the head a few times …” Brooks said, before shrugging. “I mean, we’re very competitive guys out there. We have two teams that are very competitive. But if you keep getting hit in the head you might respond that way. I think that’s what he did. I’m not saying that was the right thing to do. I haven’t talked to [Oubre]. I definitely will talk to him. We have to keep our control and you have to let the referees call those calls. And at that particular time, they did call the right call.”
Wizards found a way to stop Isaiah Thomas
Luckily, when Oubre was ejected, the Wizards already had the full control of the game. They started the game strong, establishing a 22-point lead in the end of the first quarter. The Wizards never let the Celtics take the lead and continue to dominate until the end of the game.
Aside from their incredible performance on the offensive end, the Wizards performed better defensively. They hold the Celtics to a 35.1 percent shooting from the field and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc. Isaiah Thomas, who had a 53-point performance in Game 2, only finished with 13 points on 3-of-8 shooting.
“We don’t like them and they don’t like us. That’s just what it is,” Thomas said. “Whatever bad blood we’ve had in the season, it’s carried over to the playoffs. We’re just competing and trying to win, and they did that today. We took care of business at home, now we just gotta try to get Game 4.”
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