Wizards forward Oubre ejected for bowling over Olynyk

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The score was 45-24 at the time of Oubre's ejection. Thomas scored 53 in the overtime win, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

One game into the playoffs, Paul Millsap said his Atlanta Hawks were playing basketball while the Washington Wizards were "playing MMA". "We can turn it up a notch and be more physical", Morris said. "We've just got to take each game one game at a time and come back for Game 4 Sunday, which is going to be probably insane".

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Boston coach Brad Stevens took a page from Rasheed Wallace's "Both teams played hard" playbook, repeating that the Wizards "played well" over and over.

Wall's backup, Brandon Jennings, made sure he kept pushing as he got into a spat with Celtics reserve point guard Terry Rozier that ended with both men being ejected on double technicals in the fourth quarter. I'm not saying that that was the right thing to do.

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Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points apiece for Washington, which improved to 4-0 at home in the playoffs. They locked down defensively on Thomas, who never got into a rhythm and was on the wrong end of some post-ups against bigger opponents.

A 39-point first quarter set the tone for the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. Players and coaches on each side criticized officials for not having control of the game and letting it get out of hand, and the result was more than a few post-whistle extracurriculars. "That's just what it is, two teams competing". "As long as we win, we don't care how it goes".

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Celtics center Al Horford said the Wizards' performance in Game 3 was an example of "the way that they junk the game up a little bit". He finished with 14. Marcin Gortat looked reinvigorated, scoring 13 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Outscored Boston 56-28 in the paint. Thomas says Bryant is mentally "on a different level" than anyone else because of the specifics of what he saw in the game film and suggestions on how to beat certain defenses.