The Celtics had no issue overcoming early, double-digit deficits during Games 1 and 2 against the Washington Wizards. Boston’s good fortune tackling such situations came to an end Thursday night, however, as a 22-point, first-quarter disadvantage in Game 3 proved to be too much for the C’s to handle.
During the opening six minutes it seemed as if the C’s and Wizards were in store for a tight contest, as they found themselves tied up, 12-12 at the 6:18 mark. Then, things went straight down Capitol Hill for the Celtics, as Washington went on a monumental run.
The Wizards scored 22 points over the next 4:49, while the Celtics laid a giant goose egg during that span.
Boston shot 0-for-6 from the field and committed five turnovers during those four-plus minutes. On the other end, Washington converted on seven of its nine field goal attempts while riding the energy of the crowd at Verizon Center.
The Celtics were able to keep up with Washington during the final three quarters, but they had no substantial runs in store like they did during Games 1 and 2. This time, the early double-digit deficit came back to haunt Boston, as it fell, 116-89.