Beal helps Wizards even series with Celtics

Doyle BarkerMay 08, 2017

Washington was able to get 34 points off turnovers, making 14/19 (73.7%) field goals that resulted from turnovers. They went on a 26-0 run and we can't have that on the road.

John Wall finished with 27 points after missing his first nine shots and 12 assists for the Wizards, who evened the best-of-seven series 2-2 after Boston won the first two games at home. His brilliant play has leveled the series at two games each, with the action shifting back to Boston for Game 5 on Wednesday. Oubre was impsed a single matchup suspension and the Wizards will have to make an adjust.

The 5-foot-9 All-Star guard had 53 points in the Celtics' Game 2 overtime victory and was bottled up with 13 and 19 in Washington. "It's not like we can't go up there and play good basketball". Boston must keep things tight, and even if they aren't ahead at the end of the first quarter, if they are still within touching distance then they would fancy themselves, given how they managed to rally from behind and wear down the Wizards in the latter quarters of Games 1 and 2.

Don't let the final score of Sunday's game fool you. Afterward, a sudden and sustained surge of dominance came.

The Wizards' 26-0 run was a seven minute vicious cycle: The Celtics would turn it over, and the Wizards would capitalize on the other end.

Washington's surge started with Wall zipping to the basket for a left-handed layup.

"Their attack in transition killed us", said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

The run was the core of a 42-point quarter that vaulted the Wizards in front, 90-68 before the start of the fourth. He wants more foul calls as the series continues. "We've talked about that many times". By halftime, the game was tied at 48. The Raptors took their first fourth-quarter lead of the series but couldn't avoid their fourth straight loss. The unfortunate reality is that the Celtics did have an opportunity to make quick work of the Wizards, but their inconsistent play hurt them in a bad way in game three. Assistant Mike Brown took over as acting coach for Game 3 of the first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. F Gerald Green started Game 1 and 3 with Johnson in that spot for Game 2. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) takes a shot as Toronto Raptors forward P.J. Tucker (2), center Jonas Valanciunas (17) and Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) look on during second half National Basketball Association playo.

Curry finished with 23 points on 6-for-20 shooting.

"As always, he's probably the heart and soul, the guy, he's just incredible", D'Antoni said postgame.

During Thomas' early ascension, Wall scuffled.

Isaiah Thomas connected on his first three 3-pointers while Al Horford had four assists and a block in the first eight minutes. The Celtics constructed a 13-point lead during his inaccurate shooting. More than asking if the Cavs will get to the Finals, it should be how many games will they lose on the way to the Finals.

This was one of Wall's signature games.


Wall's resurrection began when he checked back in with the Wizards in trouble in the second quarter. And I'm not the one that likes hitting the ground. Wall was able to fuel the pace and himself.

Rashad has been covering the National Basketball Association and the Washington Wizards since 2008-his first two years were spent at Hoops Addict before moving to Truth About It. Rashad has appeared on ESPN and college radio, SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8 in Washington D.C., and his articles have appeared on ESPN TrueHoop,, Complex Magazine, and the DCist. Being a shot away from splitting in Boston gives the Wizards confidence they can win there.

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