John Wall and Brad Beal put up 52 points combined to lift the Washington Wizards to a 121-102 win in Game Four of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 7 in Washington, D.C.

Washington’s victory tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, fights for the ball against Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, right, during the second half in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Although the Wizards won the game by a large margin, they had to overcome an early deficit that could’ve left them down, 3-1, in the series.  Washington trailed, 40-28, with 6:45 left in the second quarter, but they fought back to save their playoff hopes and tied the score at 48-48 by halftime. 

The Wizards regained the lead in the game within four minutes into the second half and pushed the lead up to double digits by the 7 minute mark in the third quarter. They were up by more than 20 points by the start of the fourth quarter. 

John Wall had a double-double of 27 points with 12 assists despite missing his first five shots and scoring zero points in the first quarter. Brad Beal added a game-high 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting. 

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) dribbles past Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41), of Canada, and Avery Bradley (0) during the first half in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Otto Porter added 18 points with 8 rebound for the Wizards while power forward Markieff Morris contributed a double-double of 16 points with 10 rebounds.

Celtics star guard Isaiah Thomas made his first five shots, which were all three-pointers for 15 points. But finished with just 19 points in the game on 7-of-14 shooting.  

Next – Washington travels back to Boston for Game Five on Wednesday, May 10. 

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor