Final, Celtics 99-88
A vintage fourth quarter as the Celtics played brilliant defense, holding Washington to 10 points on 2 for 18 shooting. The Wizards were shooting 48 percent after the third quarter and finished at 39 percent. Kevin Garnett scored 19 for Boston while Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo each tallied 17. Tony Allen pitched in with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Fourth quarter, 35.4, Celtics 95-88
OK Hack-a-Rondo has now begun. He was fouled with 1;04 left and missed both and now he made both and the Celtics are trying to seal a much needed win.
Fourth quarter, 2:28, Celtics 91-86
The Celtics have played some old school defense in the fourth quarter, holding Washington to 2 for 14 shooting and 8 points in the first 9 1/2 minutes of the quarter. Tony Allen has sparked the rally with strong defense on Caron Butler while Antawn Jamison has five fouls -- in the quarter.
Fourth quarter, 6:06, Celtics 84-82
It's obvious Doc Rivers put the team on the floor he thought would play defense and the Celtics have held the Wizards to 1 for 10 shooting in the quarter but have only made up 6 points. Glen Davis has played productive minutes but also missed three free throws in the quarter.
Fourth quarter, 8:49, Celtics 81-80
Boston has began the quarter on a 7-2 run and they are gettign defensive stops as Washington has started the period 0 for 4. Ray Allen has 17 points on 6 for 13 shooting and 2 for 5 from the 3-point line. Kevin Garnett has 14 and Rasheed Wallace 8. Caron Butler, who is one of the league's more underrated players, has 18 points and 10 rebounds.
End of third quarter, Wizards 78-74
The Celtics fell behind by 8 but scored four points in the last 22.9 of the period and it will be another one that goes down to the wire. Rajon Rondo has 15 points and 11 assists while Paul Pierce has 12, one point since the first quarter.
Third quarter, 2:39, Wizards 71-67
The Wizards are scoring at will and the Celtics are trying to keep up but keep making silly mistakes and turnovers.
Third quarter, 6:23, Wizards 63-60
The Celtics are playing better defensively but 13 turnovers have stopped their ability to take the lead. Paul Pierce still has 11 points while Ray Allen has recovered from a slow start and has 14.
Halftime, Wizards 54-48
The Celtics played a lousy, mistake-filled second period and trail by six and it could have been more. Boston has committed 13 fouls and Washington has attempted 22 free throws and are shooting 53 percent. Five Wizards have at least 8 points.
Second quarter, 2:56, Wizards 47-42
Washington continues to race past the weary Celtics but Boston has scored the last four points. Paul Pierce is stuck on 11 points while Kevin Garnett has eight points and two rebounds.
Second quarter, 5:52, Wizards 40-36
The Wizards continue to lead as the Celtics played well in a spurt and then fizzled. Washington is shooting 52 percent and has already attempted 16 free throws.
Second quarter, 7:53, Wizards 35-30
The Wizards have been sparked by Earl Boykins, who has dominated his matchup against Eddie House and has 8 points in nine minutes. The Celtics are shooting 44 percent but Ray Allen is already 2 for 7. Paul Pierce returns after bruising his foot in the first quarter.
Second quarter, 11:00 Celtics 28-23
The Celtics are pounding the ball inside for easy buckets and Rasheed Wallace has scored four points in the past few minutes. Paul Pierce, who left the game with a bruised foot but is likely to return, has 11 points.
First quarter, 2:48, Celtics 20-15
After a slow start, the Celtics warmed up but they are still keeping the Wizards close with four turnovers and five personal fouls, including two each from Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Paul Pierce leads Boston with 9 points. Brendan Haywood has six for Washington.