It was another slow start for the Boston Celtics who spent the first two quarters playing catch-up with the Washington Wizards who lead 58-43 at the half.
The Celtics came into this game having played one of the first first halves in franchise history in Sunday’s loss to Denver, a game in which they allowed 77 points in the first half which was the third-highest first half total at home in Celtics history.
Many of the same ingredients that led to them getting scorched most of the night against the Nuggets, were present in the Nation’s capital.
Boston’s biggest problem was once again, their defense.
The Wizards got any shot they wanted and to their credit, they usually knocked it down.
After coming in averaging 5.8 made 3s per game, Washington made six in the first quarter alone.
The first quarter ended with the Celtics trailing 34-8, with the only positive Boston had going for it was that it was just the first quarter which meant there was a lot of time left to chip away at Washington’s huge lead.
It was indeed a historically bad quarter for the Celtics who trailed by 26 points in the first quarter for the first time in franchise history. In addition, the eight points scored were the second-fewest scored by the Celtics in the first quarter ever.
But the Wizards are one of the league’s worst teams, so it came as no surprise that their huge little was gradually chipped away at by Boston.
Isaiah Thomas and Amir Johnson led the charge which cut Washington’s lead to as little as 16 points.
But the run was soon cut short as Washington went on a 7-0 run capped off by a fade away jumper by John Wall that made it a 46-23 game with just over six minutes left in the first half.
Boston continued to fight back and will be within striking distance to start the third quarter.
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half.
Otto Porter Jr.
Nobody had a hotter hand than Porter who had 13 points in seven minutes. For the half, Porter had 20 points and 8 rebounds.
Once again Thomas was the primary source of scoring for Boston. He would go into the half as Boston’s top scorer with 13 points.
He has provided a nice complement scorer to Porter Jr.’s big game, tallying 11 points to go with five assists.
One of the few bright spots scoring the ball for Boston who wasn’t Isaiah Thomas. Johnson had 9 points in the first half on 4-for-4 shooting.
You know this is always going to be an adventure for the Celtics. But damn. They were bad; really bad in the first half tonight. Washington had a 30=17 advantage which included 12 offensive rebounds which led to 21-3 advantage in second-chance points.