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The last time the Wizards won in Boston, Isaiah Thomas wasn’t a Celtic

A Game 5 loss extends three-year losing streak for Washington at TD Garden

To say that playing on the road against the Boston Celtics is kryptonite for the Washington Wizards is an understatement.

The Wizards simply can’t win at TD Garden. They haven’t done so in this year’s playoffs and didn’t do so during the regular season. They didn’t win in Boston during the 2015-16 season, nor the 2014-15 season. In the past three seasons, Washington has played eight road games against the Celtics, and all ended in losses — the latest delivered Wednesday night in a 123-101 Boston blowout in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals that gave the Celtics a 3-2 series lead.

The last time the Wizards won in Beantown? April 16, 2014. Barack Obama was still the president of the United States, the Golden State Warriors had yet to blow a 3-1 lead, and Boston’s present-day hero, the 5-foot-9, high-scoring Isaiah Thomas, was not yet a Celtic.

That same night in 2014, when the Wizards claimed a 118-102 victory over the Celtics to clinch the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, Thomas played 17 minutes for the Sacramento Kings, scoring a meager four points in a 104-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Three months later, Thomas was traded to Phoenix. And at the February 2015 trade deadline, he became a Celtic.

Since that 2014 road win over Boston, here’s how the Wizards have stacked up at TD Garden:

After Boston’s win in Game 5, the series will tilt back to D.C. for a pivotal Game 6 on Friday. The Wizards still have a chance of making it out of the series to face the well-rested Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. But to do so, they’ll have to win not only Game 6 at the Verizon Center, but also a Game 7 at the one and only TD Garden. Ruh roh.

Aaron Dodson is a sports and culture writer at Andscape. He primarily writes on sneakers/apparel and hosts the platform’s Sneaker Box video series. During Michael Jordan’s two seasons playing for the Washington Wizards in the early 2000s, the “Flint” Air Jordan 9s sparked his passion for kicks.