In an all-too-familiar theme, the Wizards’ comeback quest fell short. In the remaining 4:44 of the quarter, Washington went 1-for-8 from the field and committed four turnovers. The Celtics capitalized with a 13-2 run to reclaim the lead and go up 83-74 heading into the fourth.
“As we’ve explained many times, you have one shot or one bad possession, and that can change the flow of the game,” Saunders said. “We probably played one of our best first quarters all year here at home. Had things going, then had some bad, quick shots in the second quarter, and they got confidence. To our guys’ credit, when you don’t get rebounds in the second quarter and you’re 19 possessions down to end the second quarter… but we fought back. But you still can’t shoot 63 percent from the foul line against good teams, and we can’t give up layups.”