Eight technical fouls, three ejections and a whole lot of bad blood later, the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics have themselves a series.
Tensions boiled over in a contentious Game 3 Thursday night as the host Wizards rode another hot start to a 116-89 victory that cut their series deficit to 2-1. Washington built a big lead for the third consecutive game, extending it this time as the score and the physical play got out of hand.
Washington's Kelly Oubre Jr. was tossed for charging and knocking over Kelly Olynyk after a hard offensive foul, each coach got a technical foul and the anger that built up during the regular season captured the spotlight more than John Wall continuing to torment the Celtics or the Wizards finding a solution for Isaiah Thomas.
"I guess that's playoff basketball," said Thomas, who was held to 13 points after scoring 53 in Game 2. "We don't like them and they don't like us."
Wall led the Wizards with 24 points as he, Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic keyed a 22-0 first-quarter run that made it 34-12. Unlike in Games 1 and 2, when Washington let 16-0 and 16-8 leads slip away, the defense limited the Celtics to 35.1 percent shooting.
Boston coach Brad Stevens took a page from Rasheed Wallace's "both teams played hard" playbook, repeating that the Wizards "played well" over and over.
That was also his response to the physical nature of the game that included technicals for him and Wizards coach Scott Brooks, and the fourth-quarter ejections of reserves Terry Rozier and Brandon Jennings.
Oubre created the most fireworks with his outburst, leaping up from the court to bowl over Olynyk in the second quarter, leading to a flagrant 2 foul and ejection. Oubre could be facing a suspension for Game 4 on Sunday.
"We can't respond that way," Brooks said.
Players and coaches on each side criticized officials for not having control of the game.
Golden State 115, Utah 104: Draymond Green showed Jazz coach Quin Snyder his range up close, knocking down five three-pointers and scoring 21 points before a brief injury scare late in the Warriors' victory over visiting Utah. Golden State took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Kevin Durant added 25 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Stephen Curry had 23 points, seven assists and played smothering defense as Golden State stayed unbeaten through six playoff games.
Utah's Gordon Hayward overcame a poor Game 1 and slow start in this one to score 33 points, and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out.
The Jazz played without injured point guard George Hill, ruled out because of a sore left big toe.
Game 3 is Saturday night in Salt Lake City.
Green received chants of "Dray-mond!" when he headed for the locker room with 7:24 to play, then cheers when he returned with 5:16 left. He rose awkwardly after hitting the floor on a drive, then grabbed at his left knee, which the team said he "tweaked."