The Rundown: Wizards improve play-in chances with win over Celtics

Published March 29, 2023, 1:20 PMJC Ansis

The shorthanded Wizards posted a huge win over the second-best team in the East.


Wizards 130, Celtics 111
Hawks 120, Cavaliers 118
Raptors 106, Heat 92
Grizzlies 113, Magic 108
Hornets 137, Thunder 134
Warriors 120, Pelicans 109

What went down

The Boston Celtics were riding on a three-game winning streak heading into their matchup with the Wizards. Boston, which is on the heels of the East-leading Milwaukee Bucks, has been gaining momentum as it eyes the top spot in their conference.

Unfortunately, the Wizards have their own agenda. With aspirations of making the postseason, Washington surprised Boston today with a 130-111 rout.

Kristaps Porzingis came up big for the Wiz, who were playing without Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma, with a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds, on top of six assists. Deni Avdija also added 25 and 10.

With the win, the Wizards improved to 34-42 and came within 2.5 games from the 10th spot, which is owned by the Chicago Bulls (36-39). Washington can still boost its playoff chances with six games remaining in the regular season.

Big-time baller

The Charlotte Hornets have been a killjoy for  teams with playoff aspirations. The Dallas Mavericks can attest to that. One of the reasons for their recent success is PJ Washington's stellar play.

In their win over the OKC Thunder—another team hoping to make the Play-In Tournament—Washington tallied 43 points (five triples), six rebounds, and five assists.

What he said

Looks like the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame will welcome new legends this year.

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