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Saturday, December 21st
(All times Eastern)
Washington Wizards (11-13) at Boston Celtics (12-15), 1 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards will try to extend their winning
streak Saturday afternoon when they visit TD Bank Garden to face the Boston
The Wiz have won two in a row, a sweep through New York. Washington toppled
the New York Knicks on Monday, then knocked off the Brooklyn Nets, 113-107 on
In Madison Square Garden, the Wiz were the beneficiaries of some bizarre late-
game antics from the Knicks. Bradley Beal cruised into the lane for an open
layup, then, with 5.9 seconds left, the Knicks didn't call timeout and Carmelo
Anthony forced up an ugly 3-pointer.
At the Barclays Center, Washington never trailed after grabbing a 41-40 lead
in the second quarter. Seven Wizards players tallied double-figure scoring
"I thought it was one of our better overall games," Wizards head coach Randy
Wittman said, despite seeing his team allow the Nets to shoot almost 53
percent from the field.
John Wall led the way with 21 points, followed by 17 from Nene who returned
from an Achilles injury. Beal and Trevor Ariza both finished with 15 points
and Martell Webster managed 13. Kevin Seraphin and Marcin Gortat had 10
apiece, while Gortat pulled down 10 rebounds and Trevor Booker grabbed 13
The Celtics saw a two-game winning streak halted on Wednesday with an ugly
107-106 loss to the Detroit Pistons. What made the loss ugly was that the C's
led by as many as 21 in the first half and poured in 42 points in the first
"They outplayed us for 36 minutes out of 48," said Boston head coach Brad
Stevens. "We outplayed them for 12."
The Celtics had a chance to win the game. Jeff Green was guarded closely by
Josh Smith after an inbounds pass with 5.0 ticks on the clock and Green missed
a driving layup at the buzzer.
"The bottom line is to try to get it to a guy you think can make a play," said
Stevens. "We've all seen (Green) make those plays time and again so I don't
have a problem with the shot we got."
Seven Boston players scored in double figures, led by 19 from Jared Sullinger.
Jordan Crawford scored 17, followed by 14 from Avery Bradley and 13 from
Brandon Bass managed 11 and Kris Humphries and Courtney Lee had 10 apiece.
Saturday's tilt ends a five-game homestand, which has seen the Celtics go 2-2.
The Wizards still have to go to Minnesota on their current road trip, but that
won't be until after Christmas.
The Celtics have won seven in a row against Washington, but only six straight
and nine of 10 against the Wiz in Boston.
12/21 10:54:14 ET