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Breaking down the Wizards' incredible 26-0 run vs. Celtics in Game 4

Breaking down the Wizards' incredible 26-0 run vs. Celtics in Game 4

Coming out of halftime of Game 4 on Sunday night, the Celtics appeared to be in control. After a 48-48 tie at the break, the Celtics got five quick points in :50 seconds. They had the momentum. 

Within a matter of seconds, everything changed. Washington ignited into a five-minute mushroom cloud of threes, three-point plays and fastbreak wizardry. Just over five minutes later, after trailing by five, the Wizards were up by 21.

It was a 26-0 run and later head coach Scott Brooks described it as "probably our best stretch of basketball" of the season. Somehow, everything clicked for the Wizards and there was nothing that could stop them.

The run began at the 10:41 mark and ended at 4:42 when Al Horford scored an alley-oop layup out of a timeout. That finally stopped the bleeding, but by then it was far too late for Boston.

The Wizards' starting lineup of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat were on the floor during the 26-0 run and all of them contributed. Beal scored eight points, Wall had seven, Morris had five, Porter four and Gortat had two. The Wizards shot 10-for12 and made eight straight before the Celtics finally scored. Washington also made all four of their free throws.

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The Celtics blamed turnovers afterwards for why things slipped away and the numbers back that up. Boston had seven turnovers during that stretch and Isaiah Thomas had three himself.

"We turned the ball over," Thomas said. "And then they got a few offensive rebounds where there were kick out threes, those kill you. That's what happened in the third quarter."

Many of the turnovers during that stretch were forced. The Wizards clamped down and earned a shot clock violation. Wall and Porter each had one steal and Morris had two.

Much of those five minutes was played in the fastbreak and the Celtics committed five fouls as they tried to slow the game down. That allowed both Wall and Beal to earn and-1 calls on layups and each of them hit their free throws.

The Wizards nearly had a 26-0 run in Game 3 when they outscored the Celtics 22-0 during one point in the first half. On Sunday, they became the first team with two runs of 20+ points to zero in the postseason since the 2010-11 Spurs.

Several players were surprised that the number on Sunday reached 26-0. They knew they were playing well, but that well? They were just that locked in.

Morris, however, found some words to described what happened and produced what was quite easily the best quote of the night.

On what was going through his mind during the 26-0 run: "Blow them the f--- out. Just keep pressing them. Go up by 50 if we can. That's the mindset I feel like all of us had."

No need for numbers when you can sum it up that well.

[RELATED: Thomas not happy with refs after Game 4 loss to Wizards]

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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Today the NBA announced that Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has the most popular jersey in Japan.

Sales from NBAStore.jp, the official online NBA store in Japan, put Hachimura at the top of the list, followed by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The rankings were based on online sales during the 2019-2020 NBA season through January.

Hachimura's ranking shouldn't come as a surprise, as the rookie became the first Japanese-born player selected in the first round of the NBA draft when the Wizards took him ninth overall last summer.

Not only was Hachimura the top-selling jersey, but he also accounted for 24% of all jersey sales. Additionally, the Wizards made up 13% of all team merchandise sales. 

The Lakers topped the list of most popular team merchandise, followed by the Wizards and the Warriors. The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks rounded out the top five.

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Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Steph Curry will return to game action when the Golden State Warriors host the Wizards on Sunday night, The Athletic reported Tuesday. The game will come almost four months to the day after Curry broke his left hand during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes on Oct. 30.

The Warriors (12-14) enter play Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA having played most of the season without Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL during the NBA Finals last summer.

Curry was cleared for contact Saturday and told reporters that March 1 had been his target date for a while.

"It's always been March 1," Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "But that for me mostly is just to give you a target. You have to have something to work towards in the rehab process because that gives you a barometer for each week, what you're building towards."

The Wizards are hoping for the healthy returns of Davis Bertans (sore right knee) and Thomas Bryant (right foot) to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and will presumably go into Sunday’s contest with a clean injury report outside John Wall.

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