NBA: Celtics turn back Wizards, stay scorching at home
Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 36 points to propel the Boston Celtics past the visiting Washington Wizards 130-121 on Sunday night for their eighth consecutive home win.
Six other Boston players logged between 12 and 17 points, including Malcolm Brogdon, who scored 17 off the bench.
The Celtics shot 56.5 percent (26 of 46) and banged 11 first-half 3-pointers despite the absence of Jayson Tatum, who missed his first game this season with a left ankle sprain, the same ailment that he played through during Boston’s last two wins.
Bradley Beal had 30 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals for Washington, which has lost three straight. Kristaps Porzingis contributed 21 points, and Monte Morris finished with 16.
It was a 17-point game at halftime, but Boston did not let up in the third, as Brown scored six points as part of an 8-4 run that moved the cushion above 20.
Jaylen Brown dropped 19 points in the second half to seal the win for the @celtics!
— NBA (@NBA) November 28, 2022
Just after Washington cut the deficit to 19, Brown continued his hot quarter with a 3-pointer to bring the hosts to the 100-point mark with 3:41 left.
Six field goals, including a late alley-oop dunk, and six free throws fueled an 18-point quarter for Beal, but Sam Hauser’s 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds left gave the Celtics a 25-point lead.
The Wizards trimmed their deficit to 12 and did not allow a Celtics field goal for nearly five minutes until a Luke Kornet dunk with 4:50 left in the fourth.
There were four ties and four lead changes in the first before Boston built separation with a 11-2 run. Sam Hauser’s trey with 2:15 left in the opening quarter established a double-digit lead.
The edge expanded as the Celtics hit three consecutive field goals from downtown to begin the second. Kornet’s layup made it 46-31, forcing a timeout at 9:36.
Morris hit three triples in the quarter, the last of which ended a 15-6 Washington run to close the score to 54-48. Smart and Brown combined for 13 straight points to increase the lead, while a last-minute Horford shot in the paint created the 72-55 halftime score.