Wizards top Celts behind Porter’s 34
Otto Porter Jr. scored a career-high 34 points and the host Wizards jumped out to a big first-quarter lead and beat the Celtics, 118-93, on Wednesday night for their second victory of the season.
Porter shot 15-for-19, had 14 rebounds and sparked the fast start with 20 points in the first half. John Wall had 19 points before being ejected for a flagrant foul in the final minutes, and Trey Burke added 18 for Washington (2-5).
Wizards guard Bradley Beal left in the third quarter with right hamstring tightness after slipping to the ground.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics (3-4) with 23 points, and Avery Bradley had 21. Boston opened the game shooting 4-for-22, including 0-for-8 from 3-point range, and lost its third in a row.
The Wizards took advantage of the Celtics’ brutal early shooting to lead by 26 after the first quarter — the biggest at that stage of a game this season. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Boston’s eight points were its fewest in the first quarter since scoring seven against the Bucks in 1974.
Improved shooting in the second got the Celtics within 15 by halftime, but the Wizards never let them threaten the rest of the way.