Sullinger Leads Way as Celtics Trounce Wizards 118-98

Jared Sullinger had a team-high 21 points, Jae Crowder added a double-double and the Celtics cruised past the Wizards, 118-98, on Friday night at the Garden.

Sullinger scored 11 in the first quarter, helping the Celts take an 18-point lead early on. He made nine of 13 field goal attempts and three of four three-point tries, grabbing eight boards in 21 minutes.

Crowder, meanwhile, had 12 points and 10 rebounds — collecting five of Boston’s 18 steals. His aggresive play continued until late in the fourth, when a knee bruise forced him to exit prematurely.

The Celtics were able to slow down most of the Wizards’ scorers, the lone exception being shooting guard Bradley Beal. Beal logged 24 points and shot 9-for-15 from the floor, keeping Washington at least somewhat competitive throughout the evening.

The Celtics snap a three-game skid with the victory, improving to 2-3 on the young schedule.

Turning Point: The Celtics trailed 14-13 six minutes into the contest, but finished the opening period on an impressive 27-11 run. Isaiah Thomas — along with Sullinger — was a key contributor to the rally, scoring 12 of his 16 points with three assists and two takeaways.

Putting on a Klynyk: Kelly Olynyk had arguably the most dominant performance of his career, racking up 19 points off the bench on 7-for-11 shooting. He drilled three three-pointers and had seven rebounds, showcasing the potential he flashed at times this preseason.

Back on Track: Evan Turner woke up from his offensive funk with 16 points on 7-for-12, a welcome sign for Brad Stevens considering Turner’s abundant playing time. The 6’7 small forward pitched in 14 in the first half as the C’s pulled away, topping his previous season-best of 11.

Next Up: The Celtics head to Milwaukee for a matchup with the Bucks on Tuesday, looking to record their first road win of the year. Tip-off is at 8:00 p.m. ET, with CSN-New England and Fox Sports-Wisconsin calling the action.

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