NBA Game Summary - Washington at Boston
(Friday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Boston 108, Washington 83
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce scored a game-high 26 points, and the Boston Celtics returned from their disappointing road trip to rout the Washington Wizards, 108-83, at TD Banknorth Garden.
The Celtics went just 1-3 on their four-game road trip, accounting for 60 percent of the team's losses this season. But Boston dominated Friday's contest in wire-to-wire fashion, as Rajon Rondo added 10 points and 14 assists, and Kevin Garnett had 10 points and eight rebounds.
"I was just playing the flow of the game, getting the shots that were there," Pierce said. "I got a lot of open looks because of the way we moved the ball. Rondo got into the lane penetrating and that really opened things up. I just took the open shots that were given to me."
Ray Allen posted 11 points and six assists in the Celtics' 13th straight home win.
"Good game for our guys, we needed that," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said. "Just need to execute well, and I thought we did."
Antawn Jamison had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who dropped to 2-13 on the road. Nick Young had 15 points, while Mike James provided nine points in the loss.
"We tried to come out very aggressive and take the ball out of (Pierce's) and (Allen's) hands," Wizards head coach Ed Tapscott said. "In retrospect, we should have just tried one of them because we certainly couldn't do it to both of them. They took our aggressiveness and turned it on us. Like I said, you just tip your hat to the guys that did the job, and they did the job tonight."
Pierce scored 13 points in the opening quarter, and Boston led, 28-14, heading into the second period.
The Celtics opened the second quarter on an 11-4 run and led 58-34 at halftime.
Boston led 86-55 after three quarters and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the fourth to take the win.
Boston is 18-1 at home...The Celtics have won both meetings with the Wizards this season...Boston shot 55.4 percent from the field; Washington shot 38.3 percent...Washington's Andray Blatche left with 6:48 left in the first quarter with a left ankle injury...Pierce shot 9-of-10 from the field.
01/02 23:36:31 ET