Jalen Brown added 32 points and Jason Tatum added 22 points to beat the visiting Washington Wizards 144-102 on Sunday.
Derrick White had 17 points for Boston, which led to 43 in his regular-season home final, and will end the regular-season schedule with three road games. Grant Williams has 16 points, Payton Pritchard 14 and Aaron Nesmith 11 points for Boston.
The Celtics (49-30) started the day’s two games, beating top-seeded Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference, and crossed the Milwaukee box to move to second place.
Kristaps Porzingis and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Wizards (34-44) with 17 points. Ish Smith added 16 points, Danny Avdija and Corey Kisspart added 10 points and Thomas Satoransky had seven points and seven assists.
Washington had won four of its previous five games but was trailing 35-22 after the first quarter. Brown made three 3-pointers and scored 13 points in the opening season for Boston.
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The Wizards played without forward Kyle Kuzma, who missed his ninth game in right knee tendinitis.
Brown scored 19 points in the first half and the Celtics took a 70-59 advantage at the break. Boston shot 63.6 percent for the half, with 9 of the 18 (50 percent) coming from outside the arc.
Boston started the third quarter with a 17-7 run and extended its lead to 87-66 at Tatum’s Dunk with 5:52 remaining.
The Celtics rested their starters after taking a 104-79 lead in the fourth quarter. 8:03 The remaining 3-pointer lead of Pritchard increases to 124-81.
For Boston, Al Harford had 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists, leading to a split in the four-match season series against Washington. The Celtics shot a season-high 61.5 percent off the field, went 23 (52.3 percent) out of 44 from the 3-point range and also had a season-high 39 assists.
Daniel Thiss started his second consecutive game in place of injured Celtic center Robert Williams (torn Maniskas) and finished with six points in 24 minutes.
Williams is hoping to return before the second round of the playoffs for Boston, which ends the regular season against the Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies.
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