For the first time this series, the team whose starting backcourt won the scoring battle didn’t win the game.
Worst bench: Wall and Beal couldn’t overcome the thorn in the Wizards’ side all season, an ineffective bench that was outscored 48-5 and thoroughly outplayed on Monday.
Worst deficit: The Celtics’ lead ballooned to 13 points in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter.
If you’re looking for reasons to hope, know that Washington overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter of its last Game 7.
Best points in transition: The Wizards put an emphasis on shoring up their transition defense after being repeatedly burned following missed baskets in Game 5.
With remaining in the first half, Washington had outscored Boston 10-0 in transition.
Worst backups: No surprise here, but the Celtics’ bench outscored the Wizards’ reserves 10-2 in the first quarter, as Boston took a 27-23 lead. : The Wizards are 7-0 this postseason when holding opponents to fewer than 110 points.
Beal continues to lead all scorers with 26, but Isaiah Thomas is up to 24 for Boston.
The possession ended with a pair of free throws by Otto Porter Jr.
that gave Washington its biggest lead of the game at 70-64.
Worst sequence: The Celtics scored four points in four seconds midway through the second quarter when Isaiah Thomas made a driving layup, Terry Rozier stole Washington’s ensuing inbounds pass and found Jae Crowder for an easy basket.
Washington had six turnovers with to play in the first half.