Beal’s 25 points carries Wizards by Celtics

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “For us to get a win, that was big time,” Wall said. “Playing against a great team, one of the hottest teams in the league. They’ve been in a slump lately, but it’s a team that we know we might have to battle later on, and to get a win it was great.”Otto Porter Jr. added 20 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. finished with 16, helping Washington take the first meeting between the teams since Boston’s Game 7 victory at home in the second round of the playoffs last spring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I felt a little nostalgic out there,” Oubre said. “It brought me back to the playoffs and all the good memories that we have in here. The fans chanting crazy stuff, it just brought me back to a place where you know it got me locked in man, like it was the playoffs, so it was a great atmosphere out there.”Eastern Conference-leading Boston lost for the third time in four games. Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum each scored 20 points for the Celtics, and Terry Rozier had 16. Wall added a layup and two free throws down the stretch to help Washington hold onLast season, the teams had a testy rivalry with lots of trash-talking and a few games filled with hard fouls. It was more civil on Monday, just a tight defensive game with numerous contested shots and a few hard screens.The Wizards led by two at halftime and opened the third quarter by scoring 13 of the first 17 points, pulling ahead 65-54 on Marcin Gortat’s three-point play. Gortat had 11 points and 10 rebounds.TIP-INSWizards: It was Gortat’s ninth double-double this season. … Wall was scoreless in the opening quarter.Celtics: F Marcus Morris returned after missing 10 of the last 11 games with a sore left knee. … Reserve F Semi Ojeleye missed the game with a sore back after he tested it during pregame warmups. . Jaylen Brown left the arena with one crutch and appeared to favoring his left leg.FIRST NOELThe Celtics played for the 31st time on Christmas, with 28 of the previous games on the road and the other two at neutral sites before Monday.“As much fun as it is to be with family, this is what our family does,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “We’ve been in gyms for most Christmases of our lives, so it’s really fun to get a chance to compete on Christmas Day.”GRONK SIGHTING Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal (3) drives past Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart, behind, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Washington’s talented guards made themselves at home at Boston’s Christmas party.Bradley Beal scored 25 points, John Wall had 21 points and 14 assists, and the Wizards beat Boston 111-103 on Monday (Tuesday Manila time) in the Celtics’ first Christmas Day home game in franchise history.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone The Celtics are 11-8 since opening the season 16-2.“It hasn’t been one of the best stretches for us, but we have a resilient group,” Irving said. “That right there is enough for us to go on and make progress in the right direction.”Boston forward Al Horford thinks it’s just a normal course of a season.“You go through ups and downs in a season,” he said. “Tonight, I felt good about our chances. We put ourselves in position to win the game and we weren’t able to do it.”Boston opened a 95-90 lead on Irving’s 3-pointer with 6:18 left, but the Wizards responded with a 12-0 run. Beal capped the spurt with a three-point play and a breakaway dunk off a turnover.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img Durant delivers on both ends, Warriors top Cavaliers Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was seated courtside wearing a Santa hat. He got a huge ovation when he was shown on the videoboard.FAMILY TIMEMorris brothers Marcus (Boston) and Markieff (Wizards) were matched up against each other a few times. At one point, it looked as if they were both smiling when Marcus missed a jumper over his brother.WARM WELCOMINGInjured forward Gordon Hayward walked out to center court before the game and wished the fans a merry Christmas and happy holidays on behalf of the Celtics’ organization.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READlast_img

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