NBA Game Summary - Washington at Boston
(Wednesday, April 15th)
Final Score: Boston 115, Washington 107
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Eddie House made five three-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead a make-shift Celtics squad to a 115-107 victory over Washington in the season finale for both clubs.
House finished with 20 points while Glen Davis added 21 for Boston (62-20), which played without its vaunted "Big Three." Kevin Garnett sat out once again due to a knee injury, while Paul Pierce and Ray Allen rested for the Celtics' playoff run.
The defending NBA champions, the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, will play the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the postseason, starting Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (et).
"This year was better than last year," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said in regards to the regular season. "I thought it was far more adversity and I thought our guys just, you know, we talk about champions taking punches, and how many punches are you willing to take and keep moving forward, and I thought we moved forward all year. So I was really proud of them."
Caron Butler's 39 points and seven rebounds paced the lowly Wizards (19-63), who finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
"I was just trying to finish the season strong," Butler said. "The goal was always to get 20 wins, when we got to this point in the season, and unfortunately we fell a little short."
House opened his efficient fourth quarter with a three to pull the Celtics within 85-82. The hosts continued to trail until the streaky shooter nailed trifectas on back-to-back possessions for a 101-99 edge with a little under 4 1/2 minutes to play.
It was a three-point Boston lead coming down the stretch before Tony Allen made a layup and Davis went 1-for-2 from the foul line. "Big Baby" missed the second attempt, but Bill Walker's tip-in yielded a 112-104 advantage with 1:09 left that proved too much for the hopeless Wizards to overcome.
Boston held a slim 25-24 lead after the first quarter and were ahead, 57-52, at the break.
Washington's 10-0 run late in the third quarter, capped by a Nick Young bucket, gave the visitors a 73-70 lead that expanded to 83-79 by the end of the frame.
Boston went 35-6 at TD Banknorth Garden this season, while Washington finished a pitiful 6-35 on the road...The Wizards have already gotten started on the 2009-2010 season, reportedly reaching an agreement with Flip Saunders to become the team's next head coach. Saunders last coached Detroit, from the 2005-06 season to 2007-08...Leon Powe ended with 18 points and 13 rebounds for Boston...House (44.4 percent) broke Danny Ainge's single-season franchise three-point shooting mark...Ray Allen (95.2 percent) broke Bill Shaman's single-season franchise free throw mark.
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