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Brown scores 24, Beal struggles as Celtics roll 112-94

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BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 24 points and the Boston Celtics capitalized on Bradley Beal’s cold shot, routing the Washington Wizards 112-94 on Sunday night.

Jayson Tatum had 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points off the bench to help Boston avoid its third straight loss.

The Celtics connected on 21 3-pointers on the night and had 29 assists on 36 field goals.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points for the Wizards, who have lost three of their last four.

Beal missed his first 11 shots and went scoreless until the third quarter before finishing with 12 points and eight assists.

With Beal struggling, Boston led by no less than 24 points in the first 24 minutes. Washington’s starting lineup managed to connect on just 11 of its 32 field goal attempts in the half.

Beal’s first points came from the free throw line with 2:29 left in the quarter. He didn’t score from the field until he dropped a 17-foot throwback a few possessions later.

It also didn’t help that Sunday was Washington’s second game without one of its most pesky defenders in point guard Delon Wright, who could be sidelined for up to two months with a problem. to the hamstrings.

TIPS

Wizards: The last time Beal was held scoreless in the first half of a game was in 2018 against the Warriors. … Led 51-27 in the second quarter before closing the half on a 20-7 run. … Facing at least 15-point first-quarter deficits in consecutive games.

Celtics: Grant Williams had 10 points, four rebounds and a block in his opener after serving a one-game suspension for shoving a referee. …Leaded 34-15 at the end of the first quarter. … Took a 21-8 lead, Tatum and Brown taking the team’s first 12 shots and combining for 27 points in the period.

NEXT

Wizards: Host Philadelphia on Monday.

Celtics: at Cleveland on Wednesday.

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