Strong start, ugly finish: The Celtics started this contest with a sense of urgency on both ends of the floor. Jaylen Brown scored 21 of his team-high 27 points in the first quarter to help the visitors build a nine-point lead. The starters were active defensively and forced the Wizards into tough shots in the halfcourt. Things went awry from there, however, as Washington outscored the Celtics 79-59 over the final three frames. The C’s could get no reliable offense from anyone over that stretch (37 percent shooting from field) while John Wall (29 points, 12 assists) got the Wizards offense rolling, leading a crew of six players in double figures to help the hosts snap a four-game losing streak in relatively easy fashion.