FInal: Celtics 100-94: A gritty win given Ray Allen was lost to a jammed ankle in the second quarter and the Celtics struggled at the point guard position. Paul Pierce finished with 34 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds in a magnificent performance.
Fourth quarter, 31.3, Celtics 97-92: The Celtics are trying to hold on but needed one more good possession and got a jumper from Kevin Garnett, who has warmed up in the second half. They have committed 17 turnovers and have been sloppy with the ball at times. They have been carried by Paul Pierce, who has 33 points.
Fourth quarter, 3:23, Celtics 93-86: Paul Pierce is going off on the Wizards, he has 33 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds and his layup just gave the Celtics a little cushion in what has been an afternoon on attrition. Ray Allen is out with a jammed left ankle, joining Rajon Rondo, who is also out for the second consecutive game.
Fourth quarter, 5:55, Wizards 84-83: Celtics are running out of game and getting little from the point guard position. Avery Bradley and E’Twaun Moore are a combined 1-for-10 shooting. Bradley has five turnovers and seven assists. Paul Pierce has 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists in his best game of the season.
End of third quarter, Celtics 73-69: Celtics led by 13 in the quarter but the point guard play is killing them right now. Avery Bradley had five turnovers while E’Twaun Moore needs more experience. Paul Pierce is near a triple double.
Third quarter, 5:59, Celtics 63-53: Doc Rivers, sensing a slight shift in momentum, calls a timeout after a 4-0 Washington run. The Celtics are trying to give themselves a break and put some real distance between themselves and the Wizards. John Wall has been a one-man show with 18 points, including a stretch of 12 in a row.
Third quarter, 8:54, Celtics 57-44: Celtics are trucking without Ray Allen, who left the game with a jammed left ankle. Mickael Pietrus has scored 12 points and Paul Pierce is on a triple-double watch with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists as the Celtics try to get their swagger back without two starters.
Halftime, Celtics 49-40: Paul Pierce has had a break-out half with 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists while Ray Allen has 7 points but left the game with a jammed left ankle. He is uncertain to return. Mickael Pietrus has 8 points and is being more aggressive. John Wall has 15 points for the Wizards, including the last 10 of the half.
Second quarter, 3:58, Celtics 40-32: Paul Pierce is beginning to look like his old self. He has 16 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists and has drained both of his 3-point attempts. Ray Allen has 7 points but apparently sprained his ankle on an illegal screen by Washington’s Jan Vesely and is in the locker room.
Second quarter, 6:50, Celtics 31-28: Boston on a 5-0 run and the Celtics are playing with some energy but the offense is having problems without Rajon Rondo. Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley lead the team with three assists apiece. The Wizards are getting production from their bench, which has scored 12 of their 28 points.
End of first quarter, Wizards 21-20: Washington ends the quarter on an 8-2 run as John Wall scored the final 4 points. The Wizards are shooting 42 percent from the field and are outrebounding the Celtics, 14-8. Ray Allen has 7 points for the Celtics while Avery Bradley is 0-for-3 shooting with three assists.
First quarter, 2:52, Celtics 16-13: Ray Allen has 7 points on 3-for-5 shooting, which is an encouraging sign for the offense. Paul Pierce scored 4 points with 3 rebounds and 2 assists in his seven minutes. Andray Blatche is off to a good start after being booed before the Wizards’ previous home game. He has 6 points, including a statement dunk on Jermaine O’Neal.
First quarter, 5:57, Tied at 10: The Celtics are playing with aggression and forcing Washington into jumpers but the Wizards are hitting those jumpers. Ray Allen is off to a solid start with 4 points while Paul Pierce has 4 points and 2 rebounds.
First quarter, 7:50, Wizards 8-6: Avery Bradley has been aggressive but had both of his shots blocked while Ray Allen has an early bucket. Celtics trying desperately to get off to a fast start. Andray Blatche has 4 points.