A four-game sweep of the Wizards is complete, as the Boston Celtics wrestled away the lead by halftime and put them away 116-91 to wrap up the season series in front off 11,753 at Verizon Center.
The Wizards (20-22) lost yet another chance to get back to .500 as the Celtics (25-21) used an 18-5 run between the second and third quarters to erase what had been a seven-point deficit.
In his first game back since aggravating a right hip injury Jan. 13, Otto Porter (15 points, six rebounds) led Washington in scoring along with Jared Dudley (15 points). Marcin Gortat (10 points, 11 rebounds) and Ramon Sessions (12 points) were the only other players to reach double-figures.
Isaiah Thomas (23 points, nine assists) led Boston, followed by Evan Turner (18 points), Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk (13 points each) and Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley (11 points each).
- Nene started next to Gortat for the second game in a row. When Nene left at 6:18 of the first quarter, the Wizards were up 12-9 and Jared Sullinger had two fouls. When the Wizards made their best run of the first-half, it was with Nene as the long big in the second quarter. His ability go smother the pick-and-roll and contest forced Smart into some bad shots. With Tyler Zeller as his matchup inside, Nene gambled off of him and relied on helpside defense. Zeller isn't much of an offensive threat. As soon as Nene left the floor at 4:11 up 41-38, the Celtics went on a run. Sullinger had an open look at left Dudley look around to teammates after if to suggest where was the help on the coverage. Sullinger drained another jumper over Dudley and Thomas had jump shots off pick-and-rolls -- clean looks that Nene had been taking away -- for a five-point spurt to take a 53-49 lead into halftime. Nene was the only Wizards player with a positive plus-minus (plus-4). Gortat and Dudley each were minus-24.
- Bradley Beal, who still is coming off the bench while on a minutes restriction, was struck in the face accidentally by Smart on a drive and had to leave with a bloody nose at 8:03 of the second quarter. His returned was listed as questionable by the team and they ruled him out midway through the third quarter.
- The Wizards had 20 turnovers that turned into 28 points the other way. The Celtics were more careful with 11 that only translated into five points.
- John Wall (eight points) and Garrett Temple (two), the Wizards' starting backcourt, combined to shoot 3-for-18. Combine that with Beal's accuracy, and that's 5 of 24.
- Thomas, who was a focal point of the Wizards, didn't even play in the fourth quarter. The Celtics still blew open a close game to lead by as many as 30 points. They opened the fourth by making 5 of 7 of threes -- all wide-open looks -- after being just 4 of 15 in the first three quarters.