The Celtics met the Washington Wizards in Boston this afternoon after a 1-point loss to the Detroit Pistons Wednesday Night
Boston shot well to start this afternoon's game, making six of their first eight shots, allowing the Celtics' to go on a 13-4 run against the Wizards in the opening minutes of the game.
The Celtics were in control of the Wizards for the entirety of the first quarter, finishing the quarter on a 13-6 run, outscoring the Wizards by 16 points (30-14) in the first quarter.
The second quarter did not begin as well as the first for the Celtics. After a layup from Gerald Wallace, the Celtics missed their next five shots to go along with a Kris Humphries turnover and a Wallace foul that sent Washington's Martell Webster to the free-throw line.
Brandon Bass lifted the Celtics out of their shooting rut with a jumpshot followed by a layup from Wallace.
Washington then went on a 9-0 run against Boston eight minutes into the quarter, preventing Boston from scoring for two minutes, before the two teams exchanged shots to end the second quarter.
Although Washington outscored Boston by nine points in the second quarter (30-21), the Wizards were unable to fully take advantage of Boston's offensive woes and headed into halftime with a seven-point deficit (51-44).
The third quarter started off worse for Boston than the second. The Celtics committed two turnovers within the first 30 seconds of the quarter and two more two minutes into the quarter. Three of Boston's turnovers resulted in steals from Washington's John Wall and Bradley Beal; however, the Wizards were only able to convert on one of those steals.
The Celtics eventually got it together and the two teams exchanged shots for the remainder of the quarter, complete with a jumper from Avery Bradley with 3.9 seconds left of the shot clock.
Washington once again outscored Boston in the quarter, this time by five points (30-25); however, the Celtics were still in the lead by two points (76-74).
Though the Celtics missed their first shot to start the final quarter, they started the quarter relatively well with the help of Bradley, who made five of Boston's first six shots.
Washington's Nene hit a jumper with 3:15 left on the game clock to tie the game at 93 a piece. Wall then hit a jumper which lifted Washington over Boston for the first time in the game, followed by a three-pointer from Trevor Ariza resulting in a five-point advantage for Washington (98-93).
Washington went up by as many as six points (100-94) before Boston decided to play the foul game with 40 seconds left in the game.
Boston's efforts were futile, as the Wizards were the victors tonight with a final score of 106-99. Trevor Ariza and John Wall were the point leaders for Washington, Ariza with 27 points and Wall with 20 while Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger led Boston, Bradley with 26 points and Sullinger with 22 points. The Celtics will face the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night in Indiana.