Thomas lobbies for calls with Celtics-Wizards series tied

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John Wall scored 24 points, Isaiah Thomas was held to 13 and the Washington Wizards jumped out to a hot start and rode it to a 116-89 victory over the Boston Celtics in a technical foul-filled Game 3 on Thursday night to cut their series deficit to 2-1.

Bradley Beal hit 11 of 16 shots for a game-high 29 points.

This second-round playoff series between the Celtics and Wizards has been the very definition of home-court advantage.

With John Wall and Beal wearing him out defensively, Thomas played only 2:42 in the fourth quarter. Speaking with reporters, Thomas said he felt the game was not called evenly and that he should have been awarded a few trips to the charity stripe during Washington's incredible 26-0 run during the third quarter.

After a 121-102 rout of the Celtics in Game 4 at Verizon Center that evened the series at 2-2 heading back to Boston, Washington big man Markieff Morris spoke in no uncertain terms about his team's confidence level. But I can't be allowed to be held and grabbed every pin-down, every screen. On top of that we converted, we're one of the best teams in the league at converting off turnovers.

"If they have a 22-0 run or a 26-0 run, we're not going to win", Stevens said.

On Friday, the Celtics said Thomas had two other damaged teeth that required "extensive oral surgery to stabilize" and added that he "did not suffer a fractured or broken jaw".

"If we had LeBron on our team, too, we would have won", said DeRozan, who averaged 20.8 points in the four-game sweep, almost seven points less than he averaged in the regular season. They scored 15 more before he called time again. "They were really up into him". Since he arrived in a trade from Phoenix previous year, some of that has rubbed off on teammates, like mild-mannered Kelly Oubre Jr.

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Coach Scott Brooks and Oubre's teammates acknowledged that was over the line and hope the young swingman will learn from his actions.

"I'm not surprised", Oubre said after practice Saturday.

Thomas later talked about how unbalanced the calls were. "We're still down one, still down in the series". "We had the momentum coming home to win our two games".

Insane is just how the Wizards like it.

"Their attack in transition killed us", said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. When the Wizards throw their best punch, it overwhelms the Celtics.

"No matter what, I've gotta play the same way", Thomas said. "We've got to hit, we're going to foul hard if we have to, but we aren't going to start doing stuff that's going to take us out of our game". Wall has 20-plus points and seven-plus assists in 10 consecutive playoff games, the most in a single post-season in National Basketball Association history ahead of Michael Jordan's eight.

All in all, the Celtics attempted five shots during the stretch: three 3-pointers, a 17-footer by Horford and 7-footer by Thomas. "Part of playing good basketball is being appropriately physical and being able to own your space and hold your ground and those types of things".

Morris must have thought 'Why not?' when no one in a green jersey cared to pay attention to him beyond the three-point arc. The rest of the series may be officiated in a way that negates some of their physicality, but they're comfortable if the pushing, shoving and extracurricular activities continue. "That's what happens when you play hard, but we're not going to overreact".

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