In order to come back from a 16-0 deficit and ultimately win by 12 points in Game 1, the Boston Celtics used a three-point barrage and once they got going the Wizards just couldn't stop them. Add it all up and Boston put in some historic numbers and that reminded us of the greatest press conference rant in NBA history.
Here are some notes on their threes in Game 1...
*19 threes for Boston tied a Celtics playoff franchise record. Any playoff mark in Celtics' history is more impressive than for most franchises.
*The other time they hit 19 threes was May 3, 2002 vs. the Sixers. That ended Philly's season and, as former CSN researcher Mike Lynch reminded us on Twitter, four days later Allen Iverson had his famous rant "talking about practice."
*This was just the 13th time in NBA history a team has hit 19 threes or more in a playoff game. The most ever was 25 by the Cavs against the Hawks on May 4, 2016.
*The 19 threes were the most ever allowed by a Wizards or Bullets team in the playoffs.
*The Celtics fell one three short of the most the Wizards have ever allowed in any game in franchise history. They gave up 20 to the Knicks on April 9, 2013 and also to the Warriors on Feb. 3, 2016.
*Washington has never made 19 threes in a game themselves. The most threes in Washington history was 18 on Nov. 6, 2013 against the Sixers.
*Celtics forward Jae Crowder hit a career-high six threes, his most for any game in the regular season or playoffs. Isaiah Thomas tied a playoff career-high with five threes made.
*Boston effectively exploited what became a major weakness for the Wizards this season. They were 10th in opponent's three-point percentage (35.3%) before the All-Star break, but 29th in the NBA after after the break.
*The Celtics were third in both three-pointers made per game (12.0) and attempts per game (33.4) in the regular season.
The Celtics like to shoot threes, while the Wizards have trouble stopping them. In Game 1, that tipped the game in Boston's favor.
Stats via Basketball Reference