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John Wall reaches 5K assists, Wizards beat Celtics 113-101

WASHINGTON (AP) Even with the Nos. 6, 7 and 8 seeds in the Eastern Conference all still in play for the Wizards after they beat the Boston Celtics, All-Star point guard John Wall probably will not play in Washington's final regular-season game.

''I'm cool with whatever,'' Wall said. ''That's up to Coach to make that decision.''

Wall surpassed 5,000 career assists with 12 and scored 29 points, helping the Wizards overcome Jaylen Brown's 21 first-quarter points to top Boston 113-101 on Tuesday night and snap a four-game losing streak.

''You want to play,'' Wall said. ''I want to compete.''

Of course he does. And coach Scott Brooks would love to put Wall out on the floor against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, of course. But Wall only returned to action on March 31 after missing more than two months because of surgery on his left knee, and the Wizards have not been allowing him to play on back-to-back nights.

So that's why Brooks acknowledged that, while Wall will travel to Orlando, he ''most likely'' won't play. In addition, the Wizards could be without starting small forward Otto Porter Jr., who sat out the second half against Boston after his right calf tightened up.

''Doubt if he plays,'' Brooks said about Porter, ''but you never know.''

For now, the Wizards are eighth in the East. Their result against the Magic, along with how Miami fares against Toronto and what Milwaukee does at Philadelphia, will determine where the Wizards, Heat and Bucks all wind up in the standings ahead of the playoffs.

The Celtics already were locked into the No. 2 seed, but they're also without point guard Kyrie Irving the rest of the way. If the Wizards end up at No. 7, they would face Boston for the second year in a row. The Celtics eliminated the Wizards in Game 7 of the second round last season.

On Tuesday, Brown nearly outscored the entire Wizards team in the first quarter; he led them 19-17 with about a minute left. By the close of the period, the Celtics were up 30-22, and Brown was shooting 6 for 9, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers.

''Smoke and mirrors,'' Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Brown wound up with 27 points at game's end, as the Wizards tightened up their defense. He did not score in the second quarter - he only took one shot - and the Wizards cut their deficit to 54-52 by halftime, then led 79-72 entering the fourth.

The Celtics have lost four of their last five games.

''There has to be concern,'' said Boston's Al Horford, who had 10 points and 14 rebounds. ''I know it's the second-to-last game of the season, but we have to be better and it starts with me. I have to be able to set the tone.''

The Wizards, meanwhile, were relieved to put at least a temporary end to all of their recent losing.

Regardless of seeding, a victory was what they really needed right now.

''Being able to get a win before the playoffs start is always good,'' said Bradley Beal, who scored 19 points. ''Get some momentum.''

TIP-INS

Celtics: G Shane Larkin was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter.

Wizards: Backup C Ian Mahinmi returned to action after missing one game because of a concussion.

WALL'S 5,000TH

Wall came into the game needing nine assists to reach 5,000, and he passed for four of Washington's first five baskets. He got to the milestone with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter, assisting on a jumper by Markieff Morris. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft is the 10th active player, and 64th in NBA history, with 5,000 assists.

UP NEXT:

Celtics: Host the last-place Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday in a game that is meaningless in the standings.

Wizards: Play at the last-place Orlando Magic on Wednesday with a chance to move up to sixth or seventh in the East. But even with a victory, Washington could remain at No. 8.

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Key Players
A. Horford
42 C
B. Beal
3 SG
36.3 Min. Per Game 36.3
22.8 Pts. Per Game 22.8
4.6 Ast. Per Game 4.6
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
48.9 Field Goal % 46.2
48.9 Three Point % 46.3
78.3 Free Throw % 79.6
  Offensive rebound by Kadeem Allen 0:07
+ 2 Kadeem Allen made dunk 0:07
  Jabari Bird missed layup 0:16
+ 1 Ramon Sessions made free throw 0:23
  Shooting foul on Jonathan Gibson 0:23
+ 2 Ramon Sessions made finger-roll layup 0:23
+ 3 Jonathan Gibson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kadeem Allen 0:43
+ 3 Kelly Oubre made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ramon Sessions 0:54
+ 3 Jabari Bird made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kadeem Allen 1:11
+ 3 Kelly Oubre made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ramon Sessions 1:21
+ 1 Kadeem Allen made free throw 1:39
Team Stats
Points 101 113
Field Goals 33-87 (37.9%) 41-83 (49.4%)
3-Pointers 13-33 (39.4%) 15-30 (50.0%)
Free Throws 22-27 (81.5%) 16-20 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 50 55
Offensive 13 10
Defensive 31 41
Team 6 4
Assists 22 32
Steals 14 8
Blocks 1 3
Turnovers 16 20
Fouls 18 24
Technicals 1 1
27 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
29 PTS, 7 REB, 12 AST
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away team logo Celtics 54-27 30241829101
home team logo Wizards 43-38 22302734113
Team Stats
away team logo Celtics 54-27 101.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 21.2 APG
home team logo Wizards 43-38 107.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.3 APG
Key Players
J. Brown SG 14.5 PPG 5.0 RPG 1.6 APG 46.5 FG%
J. Wall PG 19.4 PPG 3.7 RPG 9.6 APG 42.0 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Brown SG 27 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
J. Wall PG 29 PTS 7 REB 12 AST
37.9 FG% 49.4
39.4 3PT FG% 50.0
81.5 FT% 80.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Brown 31 27 1 2 2 0 3 1 8/18 6/10 5/6 0 1 31 -8
J. Tatum 25 12 3 2 4 0 2 1 3/11 2/3 4/5 0 3 21 -11
A. Horford 31 10 14 3 1 0 2 0 3/10 0/3 4/4 5 9 29 -4
T. Rozier 32 8 4 6 0 0 1 2 2/12 1/7 3/4 0 4 23 -11
A. Baynes 20 5 6 0 2 1 1 3 2/7 1/2 0/0 4 2 13 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Brown 31 27 1 2 2 0 3 1 8/18 6/10 5/6 0 1 31 -8
J. Tatum 25 12 3 2 4 0 2 1 3/11 2/3 4/5 0 3 21 -11
A. Horford 31 10 14 3 1 0 2 0 3/10 0/3 4/4 5 9 29 -4
T. Rozier 32 8 4 6 0 0 1 2 2/12 1/7 3/4 0 4 23 -11
A. Baynes 20 5 6 0 2 1 1 3 2/7 1/2 0/0 4 2 13 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Monroe 18 10 6 2 2 0 2 5 4/6 0/0 2/3 2 4 20 -9
M. Morris 23 6 3 1 0 0 2 0 2/10 0/4 2/2 0 3 9 -8
K. Allen 2 6 3 3 0 0 0 0 2/2 0/0 2/3 1 2 15 +5
S. Ojeleye 22 5 2 0 0 0 3 3 2/3 1/2 0/0 1 1 4 -11
J. Gibson 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 2/2 1/1 0/0 0 0 5 +5
J. Bird 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 0 5 +5
A. Nader 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +5
S. Larkin 20 2 2 2 3 0 0 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 11 -13
X. Silas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hayward - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Irving - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Smart - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Yabusele - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Theis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 230 101 44 22 14 1 16 18 33/87 13/33 22/27 13 31 188 -60
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Wall 36 29 7 12 3 3 7 5 9/16 4/5 7/9 0 7 59 +3
B. Beal 38 19 4 4 0 0 2 3 6/16 3/7 4/4 1 3 29 +8
M. Morris 26 13 4 2 0 0 2 3 4/12 2/8 3/4 0 4 19 +1
O. Porter 18 12 5 2 1 0 2 3 5/8 2/2 0/0 2 3 20 +2
M. Gortat 21 4 5 0 1 0 0 1 2/6 0/0 0/0 0 5 10 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Wall 36 29 7 12 3 3 7 5 9/16 4/5 7/9 0 7 59 +3
B. Beal 38 19 4 4 0 0 2 3 6/16 3/7 4/4 1 3 29 +8
M. Morris 26 13 4 2 0 0 2 3 4/12 2/8 3/4 0 4 19 +1
O. Porter 18 12 5 2 1 0 2 3 5/8 2/2 0/0 2 3 20 +2
M. Gortat 21 4 5 0 1 0 0 1 2/6 0/0 0/0 0 5 10 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Scott 23 12 8 3 0 0 2 2 6/9 0/2 0/0 5 3 24 +5
K. Oubre 29 11 5 2 2 0 2 3 4/8 3/4 0/0 0 5 20 +12
T. Satoransky 20 7 5 5 1 0 1 2 3/4 1/2 0/0 1 4 22 +10
R. Sessions 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 0 0 7 +1
I. Mahinmi 20 3 8 0 0 0 2 2 1/3 0/0 1/2 1 7 9 +11
J. Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +1
T. Frazier 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +1
J. Meeks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 113 51 32 8 3 20 24 41/83 15/30 16/20 10 41 219 +60