Wizards comeback casts spell on Celtics

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BOSTON, MA - MARCH 14: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards goes to the basket against the Boston Celtics on March 14, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. AFP

LOS ANGELES, United States — The Washington Wizards fought back from a 20-point deficit to jolt the injury-hit Boston Celtics with a 125-124 victory in double overtime on Wednesday.

A Jodie Meeks three-pointer with two seconds remaining tied it for the Wizards at 106-106 to send the game into the first period of overtime after the Celtics appeared to have done enough for the win.

Boston rookie Jayson Tatum then blew a chance to win it for the Celtics in the first period of overtime, the 20-year-old levelling the score at 115-115 with a two-point layup but then missing a free throw that would have sealed a win.

Instead Washington pulled away to open a six-point lead in overtime that saw them improve to 39-30 in the Eastern Conference standings.

The second-placed Celtics, who are battling through a slew of injuries that has deprived them of Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford, fell to 46-22 with the defeat.

The Celtics remain four games adrift of the first place Toronto Raptors, who are on course for the top seeding and homecourt advantage through the playoffs.

Bradley Beal led the way for the Wizards at Boston’s TD Garden on Wednesday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds and nine assists.

Markieff Morris had 20 points while Otto Porter Jr. had 18 points. Ian Mahinmi added 14 from the bench.

Boston’s scoring was led by Marcus Morris with 31 points, Terry Rozier adding 21 and Tatum 19.

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