Montrezl Harrell scored 25 points on 10 of 13 shots and had 11 rebounds in the Washington Wizards’ 116-107 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
Spencer Dinwiddie added 22 points and Bradley Beal had 17 for the Wizards. They opened the season 3-1.
Jayson Tatum scored 23 points for Boston, Dennis Schroder added 22 and Robert Williams III had 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Celtics had won back-to-back road games.
Washington center Daniel Gafford had to be helped off the field and was brought straight to the locker room midway through the second quarter and did not return. The team said he had a contusion to his right quadriceps and that coach Wes Unseld Jr. had no updates after the game.
The 6-foot-10 Gafford collided with Boston forward Jaylen Brown and went to the ground, grabbing his right leg right in front of the Boston bench. Brown immediately grabbed his right knee but stayed in the game.
Unlike the Boston home opener when first-year coach Ime Udoka said the Celtics were “punks” after a 32-point loss to Toronto, Boston rebounded from falling 15 points behind in the middle. of the third quarter.
“I think we did a great job breathing, slowing down and finding our composure,” Washington forward Kyle Kuzma said. “I think once we did that we did a great job. Obviously, these moments are great and it’s great to have them on the road. ”
The Wizards led by a point halfway through the fourth before launching into an 8-0 streak, Aaron Holiday winning three of four baskets.
Washington had a 10-point advantage with 3.5 minutes remaining, but Boston narrowed it to 108-105 on Schroder’s 3. Beal and Dinwiddie each had a basket to store it.
“The second half, we had 12 turnovers. I think we’ve paid the price, ”Unseld said. “Understand how important these possessions are because we’re going to end up in a lot of close games. It is important to value the ball and take care of it, at least by pulling towards the edge.
Boston trailed 79-64 in the third quarter.
“Our intensity and focus weren’t there from the start,” Udoka said. “You could see it in the first trimester; honestly from shootaround, where I attacked them for lack of concentration.
Boston center Al Horford was visibly upset after the loss.
“I expected that we would come here and win, and be at a certain level,” he said. “We have to be better than that. There is a lot of work ahead of us.
Wizards: Harrell dominated the paint in the first half, scoring 17 points and leading the way for easy baskets. … Thomas Bryant (recovery, left knee injury), Anthony Gill (right calf stretched), Raul Neto (left shoulder bruised), Cassius Winston (left hamstring strained) were all out.
Celtics: Horford returned to the lineup after missing the previous game with left adductor strain. With Horford back and in the starting lineup, Guard Dennis Schroder was part of the Second Unit. … Romeo Langford had come out with a strained left calf. … Tatum was called out for a technique just before half-time.
The scoreboard in the arena had Boston with two extra points for about three minutes in the last quarter. He actually said: Boston 96, Washington 95, until he was changed with a little over seven minutes to go, taking the colon off. The referees spoke at the scorer’s table before this was corrected.
“Yeah, they told us,” Unseld said when asked if he knew. “They fixed it.”
Tatum rode on a stationary bike that was located right next to the fans in raised seats behind a basket from the Celtics bench, trying to stay loose when he got out of the game. At one point, a fan walked down the aisle, put their phone in ‘selfie’ mode and started taking a photo with Tatum in the background, but security asked the customer to leave.
Wizards: hosts Atlanta Thursday night.
Celtics: In Washington on Saturday night.