After a quick, one-game road trip to Indiana on Wednesday, the Celtics were back in Boston Friday night to play host to the Washington Wizards. And after a dismal 1-3 start to the season, the Cs played easily their best basketball of the year en route to a 118-98 victory.
It wasn't smooth sailing the entire way, however. Washington came out running and put a quick six points on the board within the first minute-and-a-half of the ballgame, forcing Brad Stevens to call a very quick timeout.
Then it happened.
Boston outscored the Wizards 36-17 following the T.O., ripping off a 25-6 run therein thanks in large part to Isaiah Thomas and Jared Sullinger (combined for 23 first quarter points).
The Celts weren't nearly as dominant in the second period, though they were able to survive a 16-0 Wizards run behind Evan Turner's 14 points on near-perfect shooting from the field—72-49, Boston, at the half.
The green never looked back after the intermission, remaining in complete control of the contest until the final buzzer.
Sullinger continued to display his dominance, highlighted by a 40-foot outlet pass he threw from his butt to Thomas for an easy layup in transition. The big man would finish with 21 points on 9/13 and 3/4 shooting from the field and beyond the arc, respectively, while also hauling in eight boards.
For all the heat Sully has taken throughout the offseason and early on in the regular season—including right here on this very blog—it was good to see him breakout in a big way.
Stuffing the Stat Sheet
Kelly Olynyk - 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 1 block
Jae Crowder - 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals, 1 block
Evan Turner - 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals