BOSTON – It’s the law of averages, eventually the shots were going to go in. But no mathematician would have predicted this.
Shooting 45% from the field, the Celtics (2-3) defeated the the Washington Wizards 118-98 Friday night at the TD Garden. Led by Jared Sullinger’s 21 points, five Celtics finished in double figures, The C’s dominated in the first half, outscoring the Wizards 72-49. It was the first time the Celtics had scored 70 in a half since the modern-day Big Three did it in 2010. The Celtics also excelled from beyond the arc, knocking down 12 threes, a season high for the team.
Bradley Beal scored a game high 24 points, as the Wizards, a team known for their fast pace, struggled to keep up with the high flying Celtics. The C’s hands were extremely active on defense, forcing 24 turnovers.
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Stud of the Night: Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynk
Making his second start of the season, Sullinger opened the game shooting 5 for 5 from the field. His accuracy extended beyond the arc, as Sullinger pulled off the incredible, knocking down two three point attempts in row, something he has been unable to do all season. The large power-forward also did an excellent job on the boards, pulling down 8 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Kelly Olynk decided to let down his locks and abandon the man-bun that made him semi-famous on Twitter. The extra freedom and bounce appeared to fix his ailing jump shot, as Olynyk finished with 19 points, including shooting for 3 of 5 from three. The Canadian Adonis finished with an astonishing +29 to lead the team.
Dud of the Night: The Wizards Bench
Jared Dudley (-23) , Ramon Sessions (-24), Nene (-20), and Gary Neal(-24) finished with only 21 points and were no match for Brad Stevens super depth.
Vine of the Night: Sully’s Pass from his Bum
Whine of the Night: Crowder Hurt in Garbage Time
Jae Crowder banged his knee on a drive late in the 4th quarter and fell to the parquet before being be helped off the court and into the locker room by trainer Ed Lacerte. The Celtics announced that Crowder suffered a bone bruise, as he did not return to the bench. Jae finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Stat of the Night: 18 Steals
Led by Jae Crowder (5) and Kelly Olynyk (4), the Celtics forced 18 steals. Their season high last year was 20, in a game against the Cleveland Cavs.
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