Final, Wizards 101-88: That’ll do it. The Wizards snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 8-2 over their last 10 games with a thorough beatdown of the visiting Celtics.
The C’s, who’s losing streak now sits at four games, will have a bit of a break before hosting the Sacramento Kings on New Year’s Eve.
Fourth quarter 5:14, Wizards 91-73: This one is all but over. Washington still holds an 18-point lead, and Boston looks like it has zero plans of making a late run.
End third quarter, Wizards 80-63: Jeff Green buries a three at the buzzer, but the Celtics still enter the final frame down by 17.
Third quarter 1:35, Wizards 76-58: Olynyk has been one of the few bright spots for the Celtics tonight. The big man has looked very comfortable on the offensive end, picking up 11 points in 24 minutes off the bench.
That production also has kept Tyler Zeller off the court. Boston’s starting center has played just nine minutes tonight.
Third quarter 5:46, Wizards 67-46: Things haven’t worked out much better for the Celtics here in the second half, as Washington is in full control. Of the 11 Boston players who have seen action tonight, only six have scored.
Third quarter 11:59, Wizards 56-39: Kelly Olynyk joins the Celtics’ starting lineup to begin the second half. Olynyk has been one of Boston’s better offensive players tonight, scoring seven points in the first half on 2-of-4 shooting.
Halftime, Wizards 56-39: Well, that first half went about as poorly as possible for the Celtics. Jeff Green has 13 points, and Jared Sullinger (eight points) came alive with two 3-pointers late in the second quarter, but the Celtics’ other three starters have yet to score a point.
Meanwhile, two ex-Celtics are powering the Wizards’ offense. Paul Pierce leads all scorers with 14 points, and Kris Humphries has been strong with 12 points off the bench.
Second quarter 8:19, Wizards 40-20: Phil Pressey adds to the Celtics’ lowlight reel by missing a wide-open layup off a fast break. Pressey has been a forgotten man in the Celtics’ new rotations, playing just six total minutes since the Rajon Rondo trade before tonight.
End first quarter, Wizards 30-12: It’s been all Washington so far, as Boston turned the ball over eight times in the opening quarter and went just 4-for-16 from the floor.
First quarter 2:38, Wizards 26-11: The good news: Jeff Green has nine points in the first quarter. The not-so-good news: The rest of the Celtics’ roster has just two.
The Wizards are in the process of demolishing the C’s, and two former Celtics are leading the charge. Pierce has a game-high 11 points so far, and Kris Humphries has chipped in with eight off the bench.
Plus, John Wall is doing things like this:
And Jared Sullinger tipped a Humphries layup into his own hoop. Yeah, it’s been that kind of night.
First quarter 9:03, Wizards 11-2: Paul Pierce is taking it to his old mates early. He has eight points already as the Wizards have leapt ahead in the opening minutes. It’s been a sloppy start for the Celtics, who already have turned the ball over three times and are 1-for-5 from the floor. Jeff Green (1-for-3) has their only points.
First quarter 11:59, 0-0: Tyler Zeller wins the opening tip for the Celtics, and we are underway.
No changes to the starting lineup today.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) December 27, 2014
So, here’s what that Celtics lineup will look like:
Smart and Bradley will draw the unenviable task of guarding John Wall and Bradley Beal, who together form arguably the NBA’s top backcourt.
Here’s the full starting five for Washington:
5:30 p.m. ET: The last time the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards squared off, viewers were treated to one of the most exciting games of this NBA season.
Relying heavily on their bench, the Celtics stormed back from a 23-point second-half deficit to force overtime, then double overtime before eventually falling 133-132.
The two teams will be back at it Saturday night, with the C’s traveling to the nation’s capital for the second and final time this season. Boston comes in in serious need of a victory after dropping its last three games, including a 109-107 loss Friday night to the Brooklyn Nets.
That Nets matchup might have been Kevin Garnett’s final visit to TD Garden, and this Celtics-Wizards matchup will represent another reunion. It will be Paul Pierce’s final meeting this season against his former club.
We’ll bring you the starting lineups as become available. It will be interesting to see whether whether Brad Stevens sticks with Marcus Smart at point guard or goes back to Jameer Nelson, who got the nod Tuesday in Orlando.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Follow along with all the action right here, and follow NESN.com Celtics beat writer Zack Cox on Twitter for instant updates and analysis.
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