Celtics run all over Wizards in Game 5

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After Wednesday's 123-101 win, Boston takes a 3-2 series lead back to D.C., where they were blown out on two occasions earlier in the series.

"We really worked on, if we're wearing white, make sure to get it to the guy in white". Against a team as good as Boston, before you blink it can be over.

Credit the Celtics' transition defense, vastly improved from Games 3 and 4, for shutting down Washington before it got rolling.

Thomas took only four shots in the first half.

It marked the fourth time in the series that one team has had a run of at least 16-0, including three times in the first quarter. "And that's what Avery Bradley does each and every night".

"I think the biggest thing for us was just sustaining that (lead)", Horford said.

On a night when nearly everything went right for the Boston Celtics, Marcus Smart tested fate. "A guy like John Wall you're not gonna stop.He does a hell of a job on him". But if we lock in like we did tonight, limit our turnovers, limit their transition that gives us the best chance to win the game.

The Celtics, who fashioned the teams' third 16-0 first-quarter burst of the series, and Wizards have played nine times this season.

Four different players scored at least 15 points.

"I guess that's how I've got to play", he said. "Try to put I.T. on me a little bit, kind of throw the rhythm of the game off". Knowing that they were putting a lot of pressure on me and putting two, three guys on me at all times. "But now I'm seeing the game differently", Thomas said.

The Celtics' lead grew to 26 points in the fourth quarter.

"I had no idea that Avery had 25 at halftime and I had no idea that Isaiah had one field goal until I looked at the stat sheet, because we were making the right plays", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. The Celtics have continually looked for versatility with this team, and the benefits really show with how adaptable everyone is on offense.

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Al Horford finished with 19 points and added seven assists and six rebounds for Boston.

Notice that on this Wall miss, all five Wizards players were well below the free throw line, and both Bradley and Thomas were already streaking the other direction. "The coaches kept saying that, 'Impose your will.' We were the more physical team tonight".

The Celtics went 16-for-33 from 3-pointers and became the sixth team in National Basketball Association history with at least 10 treys in six straight playoff games.

The Celtics also shot 48.5 percent from 3-point range on 16-for-33 shooting. Including the playoffs, Thomas has the last 35 30-point games for the Celtics. They made an adjustment when the ball goes up. "I think Kelly did a great job of handling it". "He didn't let it bother him".

BOSTON (AP) - Playing in the Garden has brought out the Boston Celtics' best basketball this postseason. We (are) his brothers. It's the playoffs, and we need him to play that way.

However, Wizards forward Markieff Morris wasn't quite as surprised by the fans' word choice.

OK, you can jump off that bridge when you get to it.

If the top-seeded Celtics win Friday, they would open against Cleveland on Monday night.

On Saturday, may 13, "Washington" in the sixth match of the series will take the "Boston".

One thing every matchup had in common so far as Washington prepares to host Boston in Game 6 on Friday night?

After the game, Oubre said that the jeers were "definitely expected". He scored 25 points in the first half of the game that piled up 22 points against the opponent.

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