Celts survive, kick Wizards in Pierce’s homecoming

December 7, 2014 - photo frame

Jeff Green had 25 points, Rajon Rondo had a triple-double (13 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists), and a Celtics survived nonetheless another of their late-game swoons, spoiling Paul Pierce’s latest homecoming with a 101-93 feat over a Wizards today.

Coming on a heels of 5 uninterrupted losses, it was a Celts’ third true win.

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That it would come over Pierce’s new bar was a surprise. The Wizards showed adult with wins in their final 4 games and a 13-5 record that was second-best altogether in a Eastern Conference behind Toronto. Prior to a game, Celts manager Brad Stevens hammered a Wiz as complicated contenders for a discussion title.

But a C’s did a good pursuit of creation Washington demeanour bad by many of 3 buliding on this initial day of a back-to-back home-and-home set. Green went for 11 of his points in a third entertain as a Celtics stretched their lead to 25.

An 8-3 Wizard run done it an 18-point diversion entering a fourth quarter, and things began to get engaging when Rasual Butler strike 3-pointers on Washington’s initial dual possessions.

John Wall’s 18-footer with 3:38 left done it a two-point game, and Butler missed a transition layup with a possibility to tie.

Tyler Zeller loosened a Green collar with dual giveaway throws, though Butler replied with his fourth trey of a entertain to get a Wiz within 92-91. Zeller afterwards strike dual some-more freebies, and Evan Turner sloping divided a Wall layup. Rondo incited a round over, though done adult for it by hidden a round from Pierce during a other end. Rondo got a round behind in transition and his layup was creatively called a goaltended on former Celt Kris Humphries. The statute was topsy-turvy on video review, and Humphries kick Green on a core justice burst ball. Wall got a Wiz within 94-91 on a drive.

Avery Bradley and Pierce afterwards missed 3-pointers, though Bradley strike from that stretch on a subsequent possession, giving a Celts a 97-93 corner with 37 seconds left. Rondo afterwards stole a Wall pass, and Green finished a quick mangle off on an support from Bradley for a six-point pillow with 22.2 to go.

Green done dual giveaway throws after a Wall missed trey to ice it.

The day couldn’t have started off improved for a Celtics or their fans.

In a latter case, they gave aged crony Pierce a prolonged and shrill acclaim when he was introduced final with a Washington starters.

Then a Celts went out and put together a plain initial entertain on both ends of a floor. Green had 8 points and Rondo combined 6 as a hosts rolled out to a lead as good as 12 before settling for a 24-15 lead during a end.

While offense can come and go, a C’s were many considerable on defense, where they hold a Wizards to 25 percent sharpened and forced them into a whopping 9 turnovers.

The Boston lead grew to as many as 19 in a second support and was still during a large 17 by halftime, 53-36.

The Celts shot only 39.1 percent in a new period, though they had 10 second-chance points, and Marcus Thornton threw in 11.

The Wizards got 6 points from Pierce, though they strike only 8 of 22 shots (36.4 percent).

At that theatre of a game, Rondo was outscoring a Washington starting backcourt of Bradley Beal and John Wall, 11-10. And Rondo had done 4 of 6 shots, while a Wizard span was a cold 2-13 from a floor.

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