Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2020-2021 Play-In Tournament match between the Boston Celtics (BOS) against the Washington Wizards on May 19, 2021 (All times are in Philippine Standard Time) at the TD Garden.
Jayson Tatum finished the game with a phenomenal display in his shooting, burying threes after threes, drove towards the cup to score, and hit tough fadeaways on the Wizards. The 23-year-old forward of the Boston Celtics chipped in 50 big points after converting 2 free throws within the last minutes of the final quarter. Moreover, Tatum scored 32 of his 50 points in the second half alone.
Kemba Walker went all out against the Wizards as he also dropped three-pointer after three-pointer against them. The experienced point guard added 29 points and 4 three-point shots for the squad.
After the matchup, the Celtics secured the seventh seed for the playoffs and will have a first-round matchup against the Brooklyn Nets that will begin on Saturday.
At the same time, Bradley Beal chipped in 22 points for the Wizards while Russell Westbrook had a double-double performance, scoring 20 points and collecting 14 rebounds. However, the Wizards had a rough night regarding their three-point shooting. At the end of the game, the Wizards only managed to hit 3 out of their 21 looks from beyond the three-point arc.
“We couldn’t find it. We couldn’t find the basket,” Scott Brooks shared. “We haven’t shot well all year long but we’re not a 3-for-21 shooting team.”
The Celtics were still playing without Jaylen Brown, who had a season-ending injury in his wrist last week. For throughout the game, he supported his squad as he sat courtside.
In the third quarter, the Celtics widen up the margin where Tatum exploded. After that, the Wizards trailed the remainder of the game.
Celtics vs Wizards
21-27; 33-25; 26-28; 20-28
Celtics (118) – Tatum 50, Walker 29, Thompson 12, Fournier 8, Smart 7
Wizards (110) – Beal 22, Westbrook 20, Smith 17, Gafford 12, Hachimura 8