Final: Celtics, 100-94: A really subpar performance for the offense, which again was choppy and inconsistent. The defense, again, won this game, holding the Wizards to 41.1 percent shooting. Kevin Garnett leads the way with 20 points and 13 rebounds but the Celtics have to get more out of Courtney Lee, who finished with 2 points in 19 minutes.
Overtime, 13.9, Celtics, 99-92: Wizards miss a series of opportunities to get closer and Kevin Garnett responds with two free throws. Washington ball.
Overtime, 37.7, Celtics, 97-92: Celtics get another stop and Brandon Bass scores on a breakaway dunk. Washington ball. Bass has 11 points and seven rebounds. Courtney Lee has barely played since the first half.
Overtime, 1:51, Celtics, 95-92: Brandon Bass scores the last 3 points for the Celtics, including a layup for a 3-point cushion. The Wizards are playing hard and their bench is killing the Celtics. They have scored 53 of the 92 points.
End of regulation, Tied at 88: Rajon Rondo dribbles down the clock because the play was botched and misses a 20-footer at the buzzer. Overtime.
Fourth quarter, 9.4, Tied at 88: Rajon Rondo cans a pull-up jumper and Chris Singleton responds with a streaking dunk after being left open. Celtics ball.
Fourth quarter, 33.1, Tied at 86: Celtics get a steal and Rajon Rondo hits one free throw. Chris Singleton gets fouled off the ball and hits both. Celtics ball.
Fourth quarter, 53.0, Celtics, 85-84: Some weird goings on here at the Garden as the Celtics force two turnovers, pick up two fouls, but gain just 2 points as Paul Pierce misses the second of two free throws and Kevin Garnett sinks two but not before his technical gave the Wizards a free throw. It’s Washington’s ball and the Wizards have played well in the fourth quarter.
Fourth quarter, 2:54, Tied at 80: The Wizards can taste their first victory while the Celtics have all types of problems offensively. Paul Pierce has 13 points but on 2-for-10 shooting and just turned the ball over on an ill-fated drive to the basket. Washington ball.
Fourth quarter, 5:21, Celtics, 77-73: The Wizards are playing hard despite shooting 40.3 percent and the Celtics don’t have enough offense to put them away. The Washington bench is again the star here, with 41 of its 73 points. Kevin Garnett leads the Celtics with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Rajon Rondo has 11 points and 11 assists.
Fourth quarter, 6:58, Celtics, 75-69: After leading by 11 on two occasions, the Celtics cannot provide the knockout blow and the shorthanded Wizards keep hanging in there, about to attempt two free throws after the timeout. The Celtics are shooting 42.2 percent with 16 turnovers. The Wizards are at 40 percent but have stayed close with eight 3-pointers, including three from A.J. Price.
End of third quarter, Celtics, 66-58: In their best defensive stretch of the season, the Celtics outscore Washington, 10-2, in the final 2:56 of the quarter as Chris Wilcox comes off the bench and scored 6 points – 4 on free throws – in three minutes to spark the run.
Third quarter, 2:56, Tied at 56: The Celtics are struggling on offense but have three players – Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce – in double figures but are shooting 40.4 percent from the field. The Wizards are at 40 percent but keep getting key baskets, such as A.J. Price’s 3-pointer to beat the shot clock just moments ago.
Third quarter, 5:50, Wizards, 51-50: The Celtics got off to a strong start but keep making silly mistakes while the Wizards just continue to hang on to the lead. Rajon Rondo drained a 3-pointer to get the Celtics closer. But this game could come down to the final minutes.
Halftime, Wizards, 42-37: The Celtics miss 13 of 19 shots in the quarter, including a wide-open 3-pointer by Courtney Lee to end the half, ending a disappointing half for the home team. The Wizards are struggling from the 2-point line (12 for 32) but had hit six of 15 3-pointers while Kevin Seraphin again is doing damage with 10 points. Rajon Rondo leads Boston with 8 points and five assists.
Second quarter, 2:50, Wizards, 38-34: Washington has canned 6 of 14 3-pointers to take the lead. The Wizards are 10 of 28 from 2-point range. The Celtics are again struggling from the field and have nine turnovers. This team needs work.
Second quarter, 6:08, Tied at 28: The Celtics are shooting 35.5 percent from the field and are allowing the Wizards, who are shooting 35.3, to stay close. The Wizards have hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game. The Celtics’ bench is 3 of 12 from the field so far.
Second quarter, 9:20, Celtics, 25-20: The Celtics are trying to extend the lead with their bench but they can’t stop Kevin Seraphin, who leads the Wizards with 6 points in eight minutes. The Celtics are 11 for 26 shooting and the bench is 3 of 10.
End of first quarter, Celtics, 21-16: Boston ends the quarter on a 6-0 run after Washington briefly grabbed the lead behind two baskets from Kevin Seraphin (Yeah him). He has 4 points and two rebounds. Rajon Rondo leads the Celtics with 6 points and two assists. The Celtics already have five turnovers.
First quarter, 5:04, Celtics, 13-7: The Celtics are off to a good start despite shooting 36.4 percent so far. Kevin Garnett picked off seven rebounds in six minutes while Paul Pierce has 5 points. Bradley Beal has a 3-pointer for Washington.