Celtics blow out Wizards 123-101

Celtics blow out Wizards 123-101

And then there's Washington, the Verizon Center, and an emotional Wizards team as plugged into its home crowd as any in the National Basketball Association. The game will air at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Throughout the Celtics' 123-101 win in Game 5 of their second-round series against the Washington Wizards, Horford made his presence felt.

NEED TO KNOW: This series has been filled with one big run after another. They can't stay healthy but they have won two series in a row and that's better than losing two series in a row, I guess.

Twice in the fourth quarter he rose up from behind the three-point line with ample space between him and the nearest defender. For instance: Rookie Jaylen Brown's plus/minus mark of 17, acquired during a respectable sample size of 26:11 while scoring exactly zero points. Thoughts of an inspired comeback departed quicker than the Celtics on leakouts. Although Massachusetts is my home state, D.C.is my home, since I came here for college, etc. "It started with the focus", Wizards Coach Scott Brooks told reporters. We know it's going to be tough to get a win out there. "I want to go out there and give my all".

"I thought that everybody was playing with the right objective", Stevens said. Photo: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Top PerformersWashington Wizards guard John Wall (2) reacted to a call during the game. We're going to make that adjustment. Unfortunately, the Wizards didn't learn a thing from that experience.

Despite these claims of a "non-rivalry", each team would anticipate their next matchup with the Wizards even going as far as to wear all black before a matchup this season to resemble their mindset of making the game a funeral for the Boston.

"That's how I got to play", Thomas said.

"I think that with Isaiah getting so much attention, we needed to step up and make plays", added Horford.

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The only real surprise was Washington's level of non-competitiveness.

The Celtics were held to 93 or fewer points on four occasions during that stretch, including a 116-89 loss as 5 1/2-point underdogs in Game 3 of this series.

Thomas' teammates got the message, especially backcourt mate Avery Bradley. The Wizards 3-point shooting has been a problem in the playoffs, with the team down at 32 percent through 11 playoff games after hitting 37 percent during the regular season. Isaiah Thomas, the team's lone All-Star, played the role of facilitator Wednesday, attempting only 13 shots en route his 18 points and 9 assists.

Three different players recorded at least five assists. "So what I'm trying to do is give other guys space, create space for others and also be a good screen-setter". Last Wednesday, the Boston Celtics celebrated their ninth victory over the Wizards on their home court.

There were so many heroes in Game 5 for the Celtics.

Their Verizon Center co-tenants extended their miserable run of bad history Wednesday.

Wizards - No injuries to report.