NBA Playoffs Round Up: IT, Beal leads Celtics & Wizards to a 3-2 leads


The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards took control of their respective NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff matchups.

Top seeds the Celtics were too good in game five on Wednesday, overcoming the Chicago Bulls 108-97.

All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas led the way with 24 points as the Celtics moved ahead 3-2 in the series at TD Garden.

Team-mate Avery Bradley was 11-of-19 from the floor as the Celtics became the first team in the series to win on home court.

Bulls guard Jimmy Butler had just 14 points on six-of-15 shooting and Chicago were minus-11 with their star on the floor.

Butler also went to the free-throw line just once and missed his only attempt.

Dwyane Wade had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the beaten Bulls, who host game six in Chicago on Friday.

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John Wall did not have a great shooting night, but good thing for the Wizards, Bradley Beal did.

Beal scored a team-high 27 points while Wall posted 20 on nine-of-20 shooting to lead the Wizards to a 103-99 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

The victory saw the Wizards grab a 3-2 series lead in the east.

While Wall did not shoot the ball particularly well, the Washington offence ran through him with 14 assists. He also scored the game-sealing shot, a 21-foot jumper with 47 seconds remaining.

Wall’s bucket answered a basket by Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder that brought the Hawks within 101-99. Schroder scored a game-high 29 points and had 11 assists.

Game six is in Atlanta on Friday.

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