Wizards vs Celtics Play-In: scores, stats, highlights

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The Boston Celtics are moving on to the first round of the NBA Playoffs after beating the Washington Wizards in the second game on the Play-In Tournament.

Jayson Tatum stole the show, setting a very new, very fresh Play-In record with a 50 point performance to lead the home team to victory.

Even first half from TD Garden

The first half was split between two quarters. The Celtics jumped out to the early lead in the first quarter, as Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal struggled to get into the game.

Beal came into tonight with a sore hamstring, but got the ok to suit up. There was a bit of a scare in the first half after finishing off a fast break dunk, Beal grabbed the back of his leg while trotting back on defense.

Tatum and Celtics started hot

Tatum got his night started off quickly to help the Celtics, pacing Boston with 18 points in the first half. But the Wizards made a comeback in the second quarter when Beal started to warm up, and even led by eight points at one point in the game.

Walker with back-to-back-to back threes to start the 3rd

Boston changed the course of the game in the first few minutes of the second half. Kemba Walker came out of the halftime break scorching hitting three straight triples and igniting Boston to a 20-4 run to begin the second quarter.
Tatum took over from there as Walker stepped aside. The former Duke Blue Devil scored 32 points in the second half, while going a perfect 17-17 from the free throw line.

Slow night for Wizards stars

Beal ended the game with 22 points and Westbrook had 20 points and 14 rebounds but went just 6-18 from the field.

The Celtics will now set their sights on the Brooklyn Nets, who they will play in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The Wizards will have one more chance to make the playoffs on Thursday night, when they take on the Indiana Pacers for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.

Boston boach Brad Stevens after the game

Jayson Tatum dropped 50 on the Wizards tonight

100-118

It is all over from TD Garden. The Celtics win and earn the 7th seed in East. The Brooklyn Nets await.

100-118

Gill with the last bucket of the game

98-118

Edwards with the floater in the lane

98-116

Gafford on the dunk

96-116

Tatum and Walker head to the bench, what a night for that duo

96-116

Hachimura with the deuce

94-116

Walker this time from the top of the key

94-113

Timeout Washington with 2:45 remaining at TD Garden.

94-113

Walker with a trey from the near corner

94-110

3 minutes to go here in Boston

94-110

Westbrook tips in the Gafford miss

92-110

Tatum at the line again, he is 17-17 at the line and he's got 50 points tonight.

90-108

Langford driving to the basket, finishes with a finger roll

88-106

Tatum with a hand in his face. 48 for JT

88-103

Thompson's second effort extends the lead

88-101

Thompson fouled goes to the line, knocks down one of two

88-100

Tatum driving and finishing over the Wizards defenders. 45 for JT

88-98

Under 8 to go here in Boston

88-98

Bertans to the line, knocks down a pair,

86-98

Fournier in the corner with a deep ball

84-95

Walker with a pull up from the elbow, he's got 23, but had been scoreless since early in the third quarter

84-93

Tatum going to the line, he's got 43 after hitting both FTs

84-91

Westbrook toes the line, after getting fouled on his way to the basket, and drains both

82-91

Langford fouled, goes to the line and hits one of two

82-90

Lopez starts the 4th with a hook shot

Fourth quarter is under way from TD Garden

80-90

We are through three quarters here in Boston. The Celtics really took control early in that quarter, First it was Walker who set the tone, and the Tatum took over

80-90

Tatum going back to work, this time right outside the paint. That's 41 from JT

80-88

Beal stops on a dime in the paint, floater over the defender

78-88

Tatum going back to the line, he's flirting with 40. Hits both free throws

78-86

Matthews wtih a corner three off the catch and shoot

75-86

Smith from a tough angle off the glass

73-84

Smith on a deep three as the clock was winding down

70-84

Tatum to the line, hits both he's got 35

70-82

Tatum on the fade away over Beal. 33 for JT

70-80

Smith to the line, gets his first points since early in the first half.

68-80

Thompson splits a couple free throws.

68-79

Nesmith from downtown

68-76

Beal extending to the rim, can he get back on track?

66-76

Bertans from the baseline with a one handed floater

64-76

Goaltending called against Thompson, two points for Westbrook

62-76

Thompson slam, after some great ball movement.

62-74

Westbrook back to the line, and connects on both.

60-74

Westbrook to the line hitting both free throws.

58-74

Tatum is on fire!!! 31 points for JT after his last triple

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Tatum with an easy lay up

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Gafford tips in the Beal miss

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Tatum in the corner for three. Timeout Wizards, who are in danger of letting this game get out of hand

56-66

Tatum on the spin and fade away

56-64

12-2 run for Boston in the second half

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Walker's got three triples in the first few minutes of the second half. He's in takeover mode.

56-61

Walker has 18 points already tonight

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Walker for three again, he's got a couple staright threes out of the gate, and the Celtics are looking good to start the second half.

56-58

Walker for three from the topo of the arc

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Beal comes back with an and 1 of his own, but he can't hit the FT

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Tatum on the baseline drive gets the bucket and the foul, hitting the and 1 FT. He's got 21

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Second half about to start from TD Garden, these first few minutes are going to be important in dictating the outcome of this game

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It was Ish Smith who kept the Wizards in the game in the first quarter. He was in double digits while Westbrook and Beal struggled to score

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Jayson Tatum is the games leading scorer through two quarters with 18 points

Boston controlled that first quarter, but Beal took over in the second quarter

Westbrook was quiet for most of that half, but not on this rebound

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Bradley Beal was the story of the first quarter, went to the bench clutching his hamstring, but came to life in the second

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Thompson knocks down one free throw as we go to the halftime break with this game on a knifes edge.

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Tip slam for Westbrook as he skies of the Boston defense.

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Tatum on the fader, gets fouled drains the shot, and the free throw

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Timeout Celtics, as Robert Williams is slow to get up after landing awkwardly on his right foot

52-48

Tatum hits both free throws, and we are under a minute to go here from the Garden.

52-45

Beal with the leaner outside the lane off the glass and in. He's got 11 points this quarter

50-45

Walker with the and 1 and hits the free throw

50-42

Westbrook hitting the glass, and get the put back

48-42

Tatum with a long jumper

48-40

Beal hits the mid range jumper

46-40

Walker wins the 50/50 ball and an easy score in transition

44-38

Marcus Smart limped off the court before the timeout. Holding his right leg

44-38

Beal again, he's starting to warm up. He's got 9 points. Timeout from Boston

42-38

Thompson bear hugged by Hachimura sending the Boston big man to the line, where he hits one of two free throws

42-37

Beal hits a techincal foul free throw, Tech called on Kemba Walker for protesting the referee's call

41-37

Beal in transition, spining, getting into the lane and drops a short jumper

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Hachimura with another bucket underneath

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Rebound and put back for Hachimura

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Tatum fouled by Lopez on the drive, goes to the line and hits both

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Beal explodes to the rim on a quick step. He looks like he's shaken off what ever was bothering him earlier in the game.

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Walker at the charity stripe hits both free throws

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Lopez to the line, ties the game up by hitting one of two

32-33

Smith with a trey from the top of the key

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Fournier from the baseline

29-31

Lopez up and under and back up again on a hook shot from the paint. Timeout from Boston.

Beal is back in the ball game

27-31

Smith scores a couple quick buckets

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Tatum with the deuce on the other end

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Hutchinson gets the roll on the baseline

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Thompson follows us the miss with a put back

21-27

The first quarter is over in this Play-In game from TD Garden

21-27

Westbrook to the line hitting both with under a minute to go in the first quarter

19-27

Tatum left all alone on the perimeter

19-24

Smith dashes to the rack

17-24

Smart on the penetration

17-24

Smith from the free throw line

15-22

Beal goes to the bench, will he come back?

15-22

Gafford down low, and he's had a nice start to this game

13-22

Walker pulls up from the top of the key

13-19

Thompson connects from down low

13-17

Gafford out of the TO with the pick and roll alley oop

11-17

Smart getting into the paint and another close range bucket for the Wizards. Timeout Wizards

11-15

Beal with his first points of the game, but comes up clutching his sore hamstring

9-15

Williams on the easy bucket down low

9-13

Gafford on the alley oop

9-13

Tatum with a three ball out of the timeout

7-10

Timeout from Boston

7-10

Williams goes to the line, hitting both

7-8

Westbrook on the jumper from inside the arc

5-8

Smart with a three ball

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We are underway from TD Garden!

 

The defeated team will have to play another game against the Indiana Pacers to get the last playoff spot. You can check all you need to know about this Play in tournament.

And for the  Washington Wizars.

Starting five for Boston Celtics tonight

 

The winner of this match between Celtics and Wizars will get 7th place and access to the NBA Playoffs.

Hello everyone, and welcome to the TD Garden where AS English will have live coverage, updates and scores to all the action from tonight’s second game of the Play-In Tournament as the Boston Celtics take on the Washington Wizards.

The Celtics and the Wizards ended the regular season in polar opposite fashions, with the Wizards streaking into the Play-In game while the Celtics struggled to end the season. Boston still finished at No. 7 in the East so they will host Washington tonight.

Wizards hitting stride at the right time

The seven-eight match up will feature the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards. The Wizards had a dreadful start to the year losing eight of their first ten games after bringing in Russel Westrbrook in the offseason.


There was a lot of buzz around the nations capital coming into the campaign but it took the Wizards almost the entirety of the season to find their form and hit stride. A fantastic April in which they went 12-2 over a three week span propelled them up the standings, Bradley Beal, Russel Westbrook and the rest of the Wizards finished off the regular season winning four of their final six.

Celtics stuggled to finish regular season

The Boston Celtics have gone quietly about their business without making a lot of noise in the Eastern Conference. Their record speaks to what they have been this year. At 36-36 the Celtics were the depiction of mediocrity in this shortened NBA regular season. Despite losing four of their final six games they finish in seventh place and will host the Wizards in the one off game for the No. 7 seed.

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