BRADLEY Beal wanted his teammates to respond strong against the physical play of the Boston Celtics. The Washington Wizards then went on and delivered a beatdown on the court.
John Wall led six Wizards in double figures to come away with a 116-89 rout over the Celtics that put their East semis series at 2-1 after a Game 3 win marred by heated altercations and three ejections on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Otto Porter Jr took charge early in a 22-0 spurt to lead 34-12 late in the first quarter. But tempers began to flare in the second period, first between Jonas Jerebko and Ian Mahinmi then Kelly Oubre Jr shoving Kelly Olynyk to the floor in retaliation to a hard pick from the Celtics forward with the Wizards up 45-24 at the 9:12 mark.
Olynyk got called for the offensive foul, while Oubre Jr was ejected for the flagrant foul 2 infraction.
Porter, though, stayed perfect, shooting 7-of-7 early on to give the fired up Wizards a 55-30 lead midway through the period. Bojan Bogdanovic then added three triples from the bench as Washington kept a 23-point lead against error-prone Boston, 63-40, at the half.
The Wizards kept pounding the Celtics after the break, extending the lead to 30 late in the third and essentially snuffing every comeback attempt by Boston, who only got as close as 24 early in the fourth. Still, tensions remained high as Brandon Jennings and Terry Rozier got ejected with more than eight minutes to play after getting slapped with two technical fouls each for jawing at each other.
Still, Boston displayed its fighting spirit, getting the deficit down to 19 midway through the final frame. But Bogdanovic kept the Celtics at bay with some steady play down the stretch.
Wall finished with a game-high 24 points along with eight assists. Porter and Bogdanovic each scored 19, while Marcin Gortat added 13 points and 16 rebounds.
Al Horford led Boston with 16 points, while Jae Crowder added 14 markers. After scoring 53 in Game 2, Isaiah Thomas was held down to 13 points on just 3-of-8 shooting.
Game 4 is on Sunday.