Kelly Oubre: Hits by Kelly Olynyk ended with retaliation

Washington has looked like the better team in the series, in my opinion. "We understand how important it is to come in and get a win and get rest".

This second-round National Basketball Association playoff series between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards has been ripe for overreaction. There is good old fashioned hatred between Boston and Washington, two teams desperate to break through and reach the conference finals - for the first time since 2012 for the Celtics, for the first time since 1979 (!) for the Wizards.

With that pace and space, the shots fell - the Rockets even shot 62 percent on the shots contested by the Spurs (according to NBA.com).

The Wizards outscored the Celtics 42-20 in the third with Wall, Beal and Markieff Morris combining for 34 points in the period.

For the second time after his heroic 53-point performance in Game 2, All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas didn't look like the player revered as one of the top scorers in the league.

The result of all this was a 125-104 win for the Rockets at home, evening the series at 2-2 heading back to San Antonio for Game 5 Tuesday. I play the same way each and every night. "It's probably our best stretch of basketball".

"It is our defense", said Beal, who had a game-high 29 points. Had 21 points off turnovers in the third quarter alone.

Oubre said Friday that he retaliated against Olynyk because of repeated hits by the Celtics center. In each of these two games [in Washington], I think that our offense and our turnovers in that run separated the game. "If we just played like we did [today], we would have won that game". Smart was 2-for-7. After getting up just eight shots in a 27-point loss in Game 3, Thomas only got off 14. "He's a small guy". "Teams always make adjustments, but you have these two teams, and I feel like we're the next two teams. It's about playing for each other, and we've been doing that all year".

Terry Rozier had 16 points and Kelly Olynyk added 14 points for the Celtics.

Trailing 53-48 before the run, Washington led 74-53 on Porter's layup with 5 minutes left in the third. Porter had 18 points.

Channing Frye had 10 points, and Cleveland finished 16 for 41 from 3-point range. Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. The problems the Celtics had in games three and four were more damaging than the problems of the Wizards in games one and two, and the Celtics know they have things that need to be fixed.

Before the game, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis showed off his game-day attire, which was Oubre's jersey.

When the Wizards play good defense, they turn the game into a track meet, with John Wall sprinting down the court, attacking the basket and finding open teammates.

Boston is already a step up on Washington, having beaten the Wizards out last summer for free agent Al Horford. Thomas also committed six turnovers.

"Very versatile, deep offensive lineup and then you know, I thought defensively the other night they were great".

Washington dominated Game 3 by maintaining a healthy margin established following a 39-17 first quarter. It's back to 0-0 so we've just got to remain confident, keep shooting with confidence and don't allow them to go on 22-0 runs, 26-0 runs.

Boston flipped the script Sunday. Green checked in during Boston's disastrous third quarter.

The Wizards have seen players suspended before during the playoffs.

So now the Celtics head home with the series tied 2-2, down to a best-of-three. Johnson had seven points in 12 minutes.

Making his second start in place of injured point guard Kyle Lowry, Cory Joseph had 20 points and 12 assists for Toronto, which lost in six games against Cleveland past year in the Conference Finals.

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