NBA Game Summary - Washington at Boston
(Sunday, March 7th)
Final Score: Boston 86, Washington 83
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Ray Allen hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 17.1 seconds left in regulation to lift Boston to an 86-83 comeback victory over Washington at TD Garden.
Allen ended with a game-high 25 points, while Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo chipped in 17 and 15 points, respectively, for the Celtics, who have won four straight on the heels of a 1-3 stretch.
Al Thornton led the Wizards with 24 points and 11 rebounds but missed a potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer. Andray Blatche posted 23 points and nine boards for the Wizards, losers of three straight.
Boston rallied from a 79-66 deficit with 6:11 remaining by scoring 10 straight points, as Pierce's jumper made it a three-point game with 2:57 to play.
McGee's alley-oop slam did little to curb the Celtics' momentum, as a Kevin Garnett free throw and Rondo layup preceded Allen's three-pointer from the left that suddenly gave the hosts a 82-81 lead.
Randy Foye gave Washington the lead again with 1:17 to play, and after unsuccessful trips from both teams, Allen found himself open on the right side and drained a go-ahead three with 17.1 seconds on the clock.
"The bigs set great screens, and I came off," Allen said of the eventual game- winner. "I think I had more time but that's one thing about shooting the ball, I don't like sitting there on the three point line, once I come off its like the ball comes and I'm up in the air with it."
Blatche was short on a shot inside the lane, and Washington knocked the carom out of bounds. Garnett's 1-for-2 trip to the foul line with 5.8 ticks left kept the Wizards' hope alive, but Thornton's open three from the left wing hit all iron to end the game.
"Well we choked," Wizards head coach Flip Saunders said. "Six minutes to go we're up thirteen. We got young guys, they don't know what it's like to be in [that] situation."
The Celtics shot a meager 35.0 percent from the field in the first half and trailed 25-19 at the end of the opening quarter and 44-38 at halftime.
Washington led by as many as 11 in the third and took a 66-62 cushion into the final frame, which the Wizards began on a 9-2 run to push their lead to double digits again.
Boston has won six against the Wizards, who received 13 points from JaVale McGee...Kendrick Perkins totaled 12 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics, who ended up shooting 41.1 percent from the floor...Garnett missed all seven of his field goal attempts and ended with eight points and 10 rebounds...Washington made 1-of-11 from three-point range.
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