By MyFM's Jake Archer - Well, if you wanted to see what Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has been dreaming up for the past few years, it became a reality on Wednesday night in Boston. The Celtics played one of their best games in a long time to run over the Wizards by a score of 123-101 and take the crucial Game 5.
The Celtics looked like a true one seed as they overpowered Washington early and never looked back. Boston outscored Washington in every single quarter of the game and just thoroughly dominated. Even in a fairly quiet night, Isaiah Thomas still dropped 18 points and dished out nine assists. The Wizards have been trying to take IT away and have done a fairly good job over the past couple of games, but last night Thomas found a way to contribute while also deferring to his teammates.
The star of the night was really Avery Bradley as he scored a game-high 29 points while also grabbing six rebounds and three assists. Bradley, when healthy, can really be a force on both ends of the floor and last night was a prime example of that. Al Horford also had another great game as he poured in 19 points while notching six rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. Jae Crowder also chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Almost everyone for the Celtics played a good game, which is the exact opposite of the previous game in Washington. This time, Marcus Smart bounced back big after a terrible game and grabbed 11 rebounds, six assists and nine points while also playing great defense. No one on the Wizards could really get going, and most of them did not have good games. It was a tough night for a team that had a lot of momentum coming in.
Now, with a 3-2 series lead, the Celtics head back to the nation’s capital to try to close it out on the Wizards and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals. I’m still not convinced this series is over however; so don’t start prepping for LeBron and the Cavaliers just yet. Game 6 will be on Friday night and tip off is set for 8 p.m.