That's the Tooth: Celtics guard Thomas has more dental work

WASHINGTON. Washington Wizards guard John Wall fights for a loose ball against Boston Celtics players during the first half in Game 3 of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game Thursday

Here are five takeaways from Game 3 as the Washington Wizards stay alive after trailing 0-2 in the series.

The Celtics still have the advantage in the series with Games 5 and 7 being at home, but the team will need to turn things around before Wednesday's battle. John Wall had 24 points with eight assists to lead the team. Washington is 54-37 overall, 34-11 at home and 46-44-1 against the spread.

Thomas acknowledged that the Wizards' 26-0 third-quarter run was the reason for the result, not the officiating. He scored just two more points the rest of the game and was a spectator as both Wall and Beal caught fire and kept Boston at bay. Washington won a feisty Game 3, 116-89, after taking control with a 22-0 run in the first half.

Ahead of Game 4 on Sunday night, Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks considered the situation. "It's probably our best stretch of basketball".

"Just being aggressive and picking my spots", Beal said.

"We know that we have the ability to win there", Wall said of Boston.

The suspension really isn't a shocking news given the nature of the matter, as most expected Oubre to be held out of at least one matchup in the series.

"I wasn't getting anything here", Thomas continued. "He's a small guy so at the end of the day if you've got three players around you, how can you make the pass?"

WinnersView.com brings stories and statistics together to make you smarter about the sports and games you love. "It's about playing for each other, and we've been doing that all year".

Washington has outscored Boston 119-70 in the first quarter. Porter had 18 points.

Thomas, a player known for living at the free-throw line, did not attempt a single free throw during the defeat.

Washington played without reserve forward Kelly Oubre Jr., who was suspended one game for charging and pushing Olynyk in the second quarter of Game 3 following a hard pick set by Olynyk.

Tensions didn't run as hot in Game 4, though Thomas was called for a technical in the fourth.

TV viewers watched as one of Thomas' front teeth flew out of his mouth in a collision with Washington's Otto Porter Jr.in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. He finished with 14.

Thomas is averaging 26.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists for the postseason.

"They were physical. They were very physical". "But I can't be allowed to be held and grabbed every pin-down, every screen. Especially in the third quarter, I may have hit the ground five or six times". Michael Phelps a 23-time Olympic gold medalist, a Baltimore native attended Game 3.

Boston flipped the script Sunday.

Considering the way the Boston Celtics leading scorer drives to the hoop, incidental contact can certainly happen. Thomas' first field goal didn't come until 1:21 into the second quarter. The 0-for-9 start was countered by a 5-for-8 surge to close the half. Boston alternated its starting lineup for the fourth time this series by reinserting F Amir Johnson. Horford put in a layup for a 48-48 tie and then Marcin Gortat blew a layup at the buzzer as the Wizards closed the half on a 20-6 run to get back in the game.

Wizards: Bogdanovic made four of the seven 3-pointers he attempted, finishing with 19 points.

After an awful Game 2, he quickly tried to forget, Beal got off hot with seven quick points, including an offensive rebound on the first possession.

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