The second round playoff series is now tied at 2-2.
The Wizards did just that in a 121-102 rout in Game 5 on Sunday night thanks to a 26-0 third-quarter run that featured big-time contributions from John Wall, Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris and Otto Porter.
That's straight up dominance. The calls should definitely be a little more even.
Isaiah Thomas went 7 for 14 and wound up with 19 points, while Al Horford was the only other Bosto starter to score in double digits with 11 points.
Don't mince words, Markieff Morris: what were you thinking during that awesome 26-0 third-quarter run Sunday night in Game 4 of your Washinton Wizards' series against Boston?
Make your predictions on who will win and which series will go seven games in the polls below! Washington blew out the Celtics as they defeated them, 89-116. "We did a good job just keeping our poise". "I'm excited about us getting an opportunity to represent our franchise in the Eastern Conference Finals to go play for the big one". The Wizards have blitzed IT and to their credit, that's dulled Thomas' ability to lead the charge for the C's.
It came in early February when LeBron James hit a fadeaway three-pointer, falling into the Wizards' bench, to send the game to OT.
But this has been a trend for Washington. They allow a team to reset defensively and calm down as a unit. If they keep handing the Wizards the ball, they'll just keep going on runs and put games away.
"They obviously were locked into him the whole game, but obviously more so after the barrage of 3s", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said, crediting the Wizards for switching and sticking on Thomas off pick-and-rolls.
Wall was the engine for Washington, but for the first time in this series, he received all the help he did throughout a 49-win regular season.
"We feel like we're in control", Wall said. "We have the momentum coming home and winning our two games". "One of the hardest things to do is sweep teams". But that isn't what matters.
January 2017 - In their next meeting with the final buzzer already sounded, Crowder exchanged words with Wall and even jabbed his nose. It's the first to four, period, and so the Wizards must resist making too much of their dominance. In fact, ESPN has took it upon themselves to chronicle the rising tension between the two teams, going back as far as January past year. We made some adjustments at the half. They are even in the series - but somehow it doesn't feel like it. When the Wizards have just done what they're supposed to, they have owned the Celtics. "We've got options, we can move some people around".
Through the first four games of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Washington has appeared to be the better team.
The majority of National Basketball Association draft analysts still consider Washington guard Markelle Fultz to be the best prospect in the 2017 class, but according to ESPN draft expert Chad Ford in his latest big board, "a number of GMs" prefer UCLA guard Lonzo Ball thanks to his "otherwordly passing".
But what about the Wizards' 1-4 road record this postseason?
They've proven they can protect their homecourt.
May the better approach win. On Wednesday, if they're the better team again, they'll return home with a chance to seal the deal. "I think we did the last couple games".
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