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Final: Celtics 89, Wizards 86

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  November 3, 2012 07:11 PM

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Final: Celtics 89-86 It wasn't pretty but the Celtics grind out a victory after failing to execute several plays in the final minutes. Jason Terry capped off the win with two free throws with 1.2 left. But the Celtics did not record a field goal in the final 2:35. Paul Pierce led Boston with 27 points and Rajon Rondo added 12 assists.

Fourth quarter, 49.7, Celtics 87-86 Celtics miss two chances to go ahead 3 with a botched alley-oop to Kevin Garnett and then a blocked Jeff Green layup by Trevor Booker. Washington ball.

Fourth quarter, 1:35, Celtics 87-86 Credit the Washington bench for its spirited comeback. Kevin Seraphin and Jannero Pargo sparked a 7-0 run to take an 86-84 lead. Paul Pierce came back with a 3-pointer and after a stop, Kevin Garnett missed a jumper that would have put the Celtics up 3. Wizards ball.

Fourth quarter, 4:52, Celtics 82-79 Well, the Celtics were in control just a few moments ago but consecutive jumpers by Jannero Pargo and then 5 straight points from Cartier Martin have the Wizards close again. The Celtics have scored 2 points in the past 3:11.

Fourth quarter, 7:40, Celtics 80-70 Consecutive 3-pointers from Jeff Green and Paul Pierce have given the Celtics some breathing room and Washington's Jordan Crawford, who had 21 points, is out of the game with what appeared to be a sprained ankle. Pierce has 22 points.

End of third quarter, Celtics 71-67 The Wizards end the quarter on a 15-6 run thanks to the unstoppable duo of Jordan Crawford and Kevin Seraphin, who are a combined 15-for-20 shooting for 35 points. The rest of the Wizards are 12-for-36 shooting for 32 points. Expect those two to play the entire fourth quarter.

Third quarter, 2:28, Celtics 69-62 Randy Wittman went to his bench and what do you know? The Wizards are on a 10-4 run as the Celtics can't stop Jordan Crawford, who has 18 points in 17 minutes, including Washington's last 8 points. He is keeping the Wizards in the game.

Third quarter, 5:44, Celtics 65-52 The Celtics are fighting off the pesky Wizards with some strong offense from Paul Pierce, who has 17 points and Kevin Garnett, who has 14. Brandon Bass is sparking the bench, completing a dunk off a fastbreak and a free throw. The Celtics are 7-for-11 shooting in the quarter. Rajon Rondo has 10 points and nine assists.

Halftime, Celtics 49-42 A subpar defensive quarter for the Celtics, who allow the Wizards to shoot 66.7 percent (14-for-21) in the quarter to climb back into the game. The Washington bench scorched the Celtics for 28 points, including 10 each from Kevin Seraphin and Jordan Crawford. The Celtics are shooting 51 percent with just six turners and should be leading by more. Paul Pierce has 12 points and Kevin Garnett 10.

Second quarter, 2:31, Celtics 42-37: We have a ballgame folks as the Washington bench outscored its Celtics counterparts as Kevin Seraphin and Jordan Crawford have combined for 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting. The Washington starters are a combined 4-for-17 shooting. The Celtics defense can't stop the pick-and-rolll and there needs to be adjustments. Rajon Rondo has 8 points, including two 3-pointers.

Second quarter, 7:40, Celtics 34-27: The Wizards are using their bench to creep back into the game. They have outscored the Celtics 15-8 in the second quarter thanks to hot shooting from Jordan Crawford and Kevin Seraphin. The Celtics have cooled off from the field and the defense is beginning to slip.

First quarter, 2:38, Celtics 19-7: The Celtics are playing like they are desperate for a win, pounding the Wizards with precision offense. Paul Pierce has 7 points while Rajon Rondo has four assists as Boston is shooting 50 percent from the field. The Wizards didn't score a true basket until Trevor Booker's layup with 3:53 left in the first period. Their first basket was goaltending on Kevin Garnett.

First quarter, 7:50, Celtics 9-2: Boston has come out with more energy as Paul Pierce began the night with a 3-pointer and Kevin Garnett has added two more baskets against the Wizards, who are playing without John Wall and Nene.

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