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Thomas, Celtics rally past Wizards to take Game 1 (2:16)

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After a slow start in Game 1 against the Wizards, the Celtics came back with a vengeance over the final three quarters.

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Isaiah Thomas on his tooth: "it went back in, then it went back out."

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Isaiah Thomas details a 4 a.m. arrival from his sister's funeral and then losing a tooth in Game 1 vs Wizards.

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Markieff Morris said he will definitely play in Game 2. Said that team wanted him to sit rest of game with ankle injury, see bigger picture for entire series.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Horford nearly had a triple-double with 21 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds, exposing the Wizards off several pick and rolls with Marcin Gortat trying to defend off the picks. Washington was also all out of sorts too many times, allowing Boston to drain 19 3-pointers. Wizards can live with Isaiah Thomas making five 3's but not Jae Crowder hitting six-of-eight from behind the arc.

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Kelly Olynyk on Isaiah Thomas after he lost his tooth: "I couldn't even take him serious when he was talking to me."

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Brad Stevens on Isaiah Thomas: "Just amazed." Says it's another chapter in his story.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston kept John Wall from running, limiting the Wizards to a postseason-low nine fast break points. Washington averaged 20.6 fast break points in the first round against Atlanta. Wall finished with 20 points and 16 assists in the Game 1 loss to Boston.

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IT4: 'I do everything for my sister' (0:53)

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Wizards went from up 16-0 to start the game to losing by 12. Plenty of adjustments for Scott Brooks to make but the status of Markieff Morris moving forward looms large for the Wizards' thin frontline. Morris rolled his left ankle and left with Washington up 45-42 midway through second. Boston outscored Washington, 81-66, rest of way and Jae Crowder scored 18-of-his-24 points with Morris out.

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Bradley, Crowder put Wizards away down stretch (0:47)

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Celtics now 19 of 38 from 3. Not losing too many games doing that.

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Bogdanović comes up big for Wizards (0:40)

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Al Horford, who chose the Celtics over Washington this past offseason in free agency, has taken over in last few minutes. Bucket in paint, tip and 3.

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Smart has mini block party on Wall (0:22)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Wizards completely unraveled in third with seven turnovers. Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley and Terry Rozier all making John Wall uncomfortable and unable to get to the rim easily. Smart and Bradley are much better and more physical defenders than anything Wall saw in first round against Hawks. Defensively, Wizards can't stop pick and roll or penetration and giving Celtics shooters too much space or rotating too late. Marcin Gortat's impact has been limited and the Markieff Morris (ankle) absence has allowed Boston to match up better and hide Isaiah Thomas on the likes of Kelly Oubre Jr. on defense.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics, who trailed by 17 midway through the first quarter, outscored the Washington Wizards by 20 points in the third quarter (36-16) and lead by 15 going to the fourth quarter. Isaiah Thomas with 31 points, his career postseason high is 42 points last year against Atlanta.

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The Celtics started off Game 1 with a 70 percent chance to beat the Wizards. After a strong first half from Washington, Boston's odds have fluctuated.

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Absence of Markieff Morris huge. Out since second quarter with ankle injury. Means that able to hide Isaiah Thomas on Kelly Oubre defensively.

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Since the middle of the first quarter, the Celtics have outscored Washington by 24 points.

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Crowder secures lead with clutch 3 (0:22)
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Lost tooth can't stop IT4 from balling out (1:29)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kelly Oubre Jr. starts second half for Markieff Morris (ankle).