BOSTON — The Celtics bench came up big Sunday evening.
The C’s (4-2) beat the Washington Wizards 112-94 thanks to the Celtics 48 points off the bench. New addition Malcolm Brogdon came up big with 23 points on 50% shooting from the field.
After a 3-0 start to the season, the Celtics began to come back to earth with two consecutive losses to two east teams (Chicago and Cleveland).
Out the gate, Boston started the game jumping out to an 8-0 lead that Washington (3-3) could never recover from. In the second quarter the Celtics extended the lead to 20 points. Largest lead was 25.
Jaylen Brown also started hot, he dropped 17 points in the first quarter. Brown finished with a double-double. Brown was the leading scorer with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Tatum finished with 23 points, hitting five shots from deep.
Celtics led going into halftime 58-47.
The Wizards were able to go on a run and bring the lead down to 10 points in the third quarter. But the Celtics didn’t give up their lead. As a team, the C’s hit 21 three’s. The C’s also only missed 1 shot from the charity strike. Boston hit 19-20 from the free throw line.
Although the bench was a vital part of the Celtics win, new pickup Blake Griffin did not play. Grant Williams, who was suspended last game, dropped 10 points off the bench for the C’s.
For Washington, they shot poor from deep, but kept chucking up three’s. Washington shot a combined 7-32 from behind the arc. Bradley Beal struggled, only scoring 12 points and 4-16 from the field. It was Kristaps Porzingis who led in scoring with 17 points.
The Celtics will get their chance to get revenge at Cleveland Wednesday against the Cavs.