The Celtics took control early and never looked back, leading by 11 after the opening quarter and 18 at halftime. It was the second time this fall they’ve beaten Washington by 20 or more, both instances coming at home.
Sullinger’s 18 points was a season-high, and his 15 rebounds were the most by any player. He shot 8-for-12 from the floor in 23 minutes, missing his lone three-point try.
The Celtics improved to 9-7 with the victory — good for seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Turning Point: The Celtics pulled away with a 17-4 run in the first, putting them up 27-10 with 3:42 remaining. The Wizards failed to answer from there, and the Celts’ advantage only grew throughout the evening.
On His Game: The aforementioned Thomas converted nine of 21 field goal attempts, shooting 3-for-10 from deep with four boards and three assists. The C’s point guard also had two steals, helping the squad grab 11 total.
Capital Woes: The loss was the Wizards’ third consecutive, all by at least 14 points. The team has difficult matchups with the Raptors and Cavaliers later this week, so don’t expect an immediate turnaround.
Next Up: The Celtics head south for a meeting with the Magic on Sunday, the first part of a five-game road trip. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. ET, with CSN-New England and Fox Sports-Florida calling the action.