Wizards top Celts be­hind Porter’s 34

Baltimore Sun - - NBA VARSITY - AP

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.

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