NBA Game Recap - Washington at Boston
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

WAS
96
BOS
90
F
SAC
136
LAL
122
F
MIL
106
MEM
119
F
DAL
102
PHO
128
F
SA
112
UTA
118
F
NO
127
ORL
133
F
POR
134
BKN
133
F

Aug 13, 2020, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Washington (25-47)

26

30

22

18

96

Boston (48-24)

21

30

26

13

90

Bryant's 26 lead Wizards past Celtics for 1st win in restart
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:06 PM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Thomas Bryant had 26 points and nine rebounds to help the Washington Wizards beat the Boston Celtics 96-90 on Thursday for their lone win in the restart.

Troy Brown Jr. added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Wizards, who had long been eliminated from the playoff race and had lost their first seven games in the bubble. The Wizards avoided being the only winless team in the restart.

Washington coach Scott Brooks knew coming in the focus would be on building toward next season. Bradley Beal, second in the league this season at 30.5 points per game, opted out of the restart with a lingering shoulder issue. Davis Bertans, No. 2 on the Wizards in scoring and a top 3-point threat, didn't want to risk injury with free agency ahead. And All-Star guard John Wall missed the entire season recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.

"I think we had a great experience here," Brooks said. "We had a lot of good growth, a lot of good bonding experience. A lot of positives came out of it. The only thing -- we didn't win the (games) that we wanted to win."

The Celtics, who already were locked into a playoff matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers, rested their starters.

Rookie Javonte Green took advantage and scored a season-high 23 points for Boston.

"He played with great intensity on both ends of the floor, was trying to do all the right stuff and obviously made a big impact offensively and did some really good things on the glass," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Semi Ojeleye added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics.

Both teams shot below 40% overall. The Wizards led 78-77 after three quarters, then outscored the Celtics 18-13 in the fourth. The Wizards held the Celtics to 22% shooting in the final 12 minutes.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Rui Hachimura sat out with a sore quad. ... Ish Smith scored 11 points and Jerome Robinson added 10. ... Outscored the Celtics 18-12 at the free throw line. ... Johnathan Williams had 16 rebounds.

Celtics: Sat Jaylen Brown (rest), Gordon Hayward (rest), Marcus Smart (rest), Jayson Tatum (left ankle), Daniel Theis (right foot) and Kemba Walker (left knee). ... Made 8 of 35 3-pointers.

QUOTABLE

Brooks, joking about a conversation with Hachimura: "I was walking off the court and I said `Rui, man, I made a mistake. I should have never played you the other seven games. We might have won a couple of those.' He didn't know how to take it. He doesn't know my humor yet. But we laughed and joked about it."

STAT LINES

Bryant averaged 18.6 points and 8.9 rebounds in the bubble. His season averages entering the game were 13.0 points and 7.2 boards per contest.

UP NEXT:

Wizards: Season over.

Celtics: Play the Philadelphia 76ers in the playoffs.

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Leaders

Washington PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Bryant 26 11 2 9 4 2
T. Brown Jr. 17 9 3 8 3 1
Boston PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Green 23 -13 0 4 0 0
S. Ojeleye 13 -3 2 8 1 0

Team Comparison

WAS BOS
Points For 96 90
Field Goals 34/88-39% 35/88-40%
Three Pointers 10/26-38% 8/35-23%
Free Throws 18/24-75% 12/14-86%
Offensive Rebounds 18 13
Defensive Rebounds 38 38
Rebounds 61 54
Blocks 6 7
Steals 11 8
Turnovers 18 18
Points Scored Off Turnovers 25 15
Points in the Paint 32 48
Fast Break Points 22 12
Personal Fouls 19 19
Technical Fouls 1 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - WAS Leads Series 2-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Nov 13 WAS 133 @ BOS 140 J. McRae 4 G. Williams 2
Mon Jan 6 BOS 94 @ WAS 99 J. Green 2 I. Mahinmi 4
Thu Aug 13 WAS 96 @ BOS 90 J. Williams 5 V. Poirier 2

Game Information

Stadium: AdventHealth Arena, Reunion, Florida
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 2:19