Here’s what happened on day 19 of the 2017 NBA Playoffs:
WAS 116 – BOS 89, BOS leads series 2-1
Once again, the Washington Wizards got out to a red-hot start. This time though, they hung on to their big lead and never relinquished it.
After the game was tied 12-all, early in the first, Washington unleashed a 22-0 bomb, which proved to be too much for their foes to overcome on the road. A dunk by Bojan Bogdanovic with under a minute left in the third got it to a high of 30, 93-63, and the Wiz coasted to victory from there.
While the tally reflected a blowout game, tensions on the floor were high. A total of eight technical fouls were whistled, plus one flagrant foul-two. Kelly Oubre Jr. was ejected at the 9:12 mark of the second for charging at Kelly Olynyk, following the latter setting a particularly hard screen. Then with 9:54 left in the game, Terry Rozier and Brandon Jennings drew double technical fouls, and with each player having accumulated one prior for a similar encounter, the duo were both sent packing early as well.
John Wall top-scored with 24 points. He also logged eight assists and three steals. Otto Porter Jr. nailed 8-of-13 shots en route to 19 points, while Bojan Bogdanovic scored the same amount off the bench. Marcin Gortat had a double-double of 13 markers and 16 boards.
Al Horford led the Celtics with 16 points. Isaiah Thomas was limited to 13, seven coming from the free throw line.
GSW 115 – UTA 104, GSW leads series 2-0
The Golden State Warriors picked up another wire-to-wire win against the Utah Jazz, to improve to 2-0 in their series.
The Warriors jumped out to a 33-13 lead in the first period, and then held the Jazz at arm’s length throughout the rest of the game. Utah made multiple attempts to rally back, getting to within six, 63-57, at the 9:55 mark of the third quarter, and within seven, 109-102, with 2:05 left in the game. However, each time, the Warriors had a counterpunch prepared, to hold off their foes.
Kevin Durant had an all-around effort of 25 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, a steal, and a block. Draymond Green hit 5-of-8 triples en route to 21 markers, plus seven caroms, six dimes, and four swipes, while Stephen Curry poured in 23 points, hitting 5-of-8 from downtown as well.
Gordon Hayward had a better offensive outing with 33 points on 11-of-21 shooting. Rudy Gobert put up 16 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out.
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