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Celtics vs. Wizards score, results: Jayson Tatum leads Boston to play-in tournament win

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Celtics vs. Wizards score, results: Jayson Tatum leads Boston to play-in tournament win



Jayson Tatum carried the Celtics to a 118-110 win over the Wizards in Tuesday night’s play-in game, scoring 50 points as Boston locked up the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. The All-Star forward shot 14-of-32 from the field and a perfect 17-of-17 from the free throw line.

“Be the best player on the floor — that’s what I told myself coming into this game,” Tatum told TNT’s Grant Hill during his postgame interview. “Do whatever it takes to win, and be the best player on the floor. And I felt like if I did that, we had a good chance of winning.”

Celtics guard Kemba Walker also stepped up in the victory with 29 points, a huge boost considering the team was missing Jaylen Brown, who will sit out the rest of the season with a wrist injury. Boston’s duo of Tatum and Walker played a level above Washington’s one-two punch of Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook (44 points combined on 16-of-34 shooting), particularly in the second half when they outscored the Wizards (49-46) by themselves.

The Celtics will now face the Nets in the first round of the NBA playoffs, while the Wizards will battle the Pacers in the second play-in game for the No. 8 seed.

Sporting News provided live scoring updates and highlights from Celtics vs. Wizards on Tuesday. Check out all of the highlights you missed right here.

MORE: Explaining the NBA’s play-in tournament

Celtics vs. Wizards score

Play-in game Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Celtics 27 25 38 28 118
Wizards 21 33 26 20 100

Celtics vs. Wizards live updates, highlights from NBA play-in game

(All times Eastern)

Final: Celtics 118, Wizards 100

11:25 p.m. — No late drama in Boston, as the Celtics cruise to victory behind a superstar performance from Jayson Tatum.

11:15 p.m. — That’s a 50-burger for Jayson Tatum. He is determined to close this game out strong. The Celtics are holding a comfortable 16-point lead with just under four minutes remaining.

11:05 p.m. — The Wizards are running out of time. With seven minutes to go in the final frame, they trail by 12 points. 

End of third quarter: Celtics 90, Wizards 80

10:50 p.m. — Wow. Jayson Tatum totaled 23 points in the third quarter, nearly matching the Wizards (26 points) by himself.

10:40 p.m. — Jayson Tatum is cooking. The All-Star forward is up to 31 points. The Wizards don’t have an answer for him. 

10:30 p.m. — The Celtics announce that Robert Williams is out for the rest of the game. A tough loss for Boston, but the Celtics have been able to build a 13-point lead without him.

10:20 p.m. — Robert Williams is on the floor for the start of the second half but not moving particularly well.

Halftime: Wizards 54, Celtics 52

10:05 p.m. — Russell Westbrook closes the first half with a monster tip slam.

10 p.m. — And now Robert Williams is down. He is not looking good after awkwardly colliding with Jayson Tatum.

9:55 p.m. — Crisis averted for the Celtics. Marcus Smart is back in the game.

9:50 p.m. — Marcus Smart goes down with what appears to be a right ankle injury. He limps off the floor and is now doing some exercises alongside a trainer.

9:45 p.m. — The game’s leading scorer halfway through the second quarter is . . . Ish Smith? Yes, the backup point guard has 11 points.

9:40 p.m. — The most majestic play in basketball: A Robin Lopez hook shot.

End of first quarter: Celtics 27, Wizards 21

9:30 p.m. — A hot start for Boston. The Celtics hit five of their first 10 3-point attempts

9:15 p.m. — The Celtics jump out to an early 17-11 lead. Something to watch: Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has already picked up two fouls. It will be interesting to see how Washington coach Scott Brooks handles his minutes.

9 p.m. — And here we go. Wizards center Alex Len scores the first points of the game, and Celtics guard Evan Fournier answers with a 3-pointer.

8:50 p.m. — The Pacers finish off their destruction of the Hornets to advance to the next play-in game. The loser of the Celtics-Wizards game will face the Pacers on Thursday.

8:35 p.m. — Check out this Russell Westbrook outfit. That is a man ready to notch another triple-double.

8:25 p.m. — Good news for the Celtics: Robert Williams, who had been dealing with turf toe, is available for the play-in game.

Celtics vs. Wizards start time

  • Start time: 9 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: TNT
  • Live stream: Watch TNT

Wizards vs. Celtics is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET on TNT. You can also live-stream the game via Watch TNT or the Watch TNT app.

NBA play-in tournament schedule

May 18

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Hornets vs. Pacers 6:30 p.m. TNT
Wizards vs. Celtics 9 p.m. TNT

May 19

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Spurs vs. Grizzlies 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Warriors vs. Lakers 10 p.m. ESPN

May 20

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Loser 8 p.m. TNT

May 21

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser TBD ESPN





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