NBA Game Summary - Boston at Washington|
(Saturday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Boston 89, Washington 86
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce had 27 points, Jason Terry made
two key free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining and the Boston Celtics held off
the Washington Wizards, 89-86, in the opener of a home-and-home set.
Pierce also pulled down seven rebounds for the Celtics, who avoided their
second straight 0-3 start. Kevin Garnett tallied 15 points and seven boards,
Rajon Rondo donated 12 points and 12 assists and Jeff Green added 11 points.
"It was great," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers of the team's ability to bounce
back. "When you lose two games in a row, and you play as poorly as we played
last night, we're either going to come out with great intensity or we're still
going to be thinking about last night and get down 20."
Jordan Crawford had 21 points to pace the Wizards, who were coming off of a
94-84 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday. Kevin Seraphin finished with 19 points and
Crawford's free throw with 9:51 to play got Washington within three, 73-70. A
sprained ankle forced Crawford to come out of the game for a few minutes.
Boston was able to take advantage of Crawford's absence by going on a 7-0
spurt. Garnett's free throw made it 80-70 with 8:03 left.
But the Wizards responded with a 9-2 flurry to keep things interesting.
Cartier Martin's steal and layup made it an 82-79 contest with 4:54 remaining.
With Crawford back in the game, Rondo made a great play for Boston. After
Seraphin blocked his shot, Rondo gathered the ball in his right hand and threw
the ball towards the basket. The ball went through the hoop to give the
Celtics an 84-79 edge.
Washington answered with seven straight points to take the lead. Seraphin made
two free throws, Jannero Pargo made a 3-pointer and Seraphin made a 12-foot
jumper to give the home team an 86-84 margin with 2:56 to go.
But Pierce made a 3-pointer at the other end to put Boston back in front.
With less than 30 seconds to play, Seraphin turned the ball over due to good
defense by Garnett. However, Garnett missed a fadeaway from the foul line at
the other end.
Martell Webster was way off the mark with an off-balance shot from the
corner. Boston grabbed the defensive rebound and Terry made a pair of foul
shots with 1.2 seconds left.
Pargo's shot from beyond halfcourt was off the mark as time expired.
"We have to play the whole 48 minutes," said Crawford. "We got too cool at
certain times. We need to be aggressive on offense and defense for the entire
Boston started the game on a 17-2 run and held a 26-12 edge after 12 minutes
of action. Despite being outscored by a 30-23 margin in the second frame, the
Celtics took a 49-42 lead into the locker room.
The Wizards went on a 13-2 run late in the third quarter to make it a two-
point game. Green's jumper with 5.9 seconds left gave Boston a 71-67 edge
heading to the fourth.
Boston will host Washington on Wednesday ... The Celtics have won 13 of the
last 16 meetings against the Wizards ... Boston forward Jared Sullinger had
four points and seven rebounds in his first NBA start.
11/04 00:35:54 ET