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NBA Game Summary - Washington at Boston



(Wednesday, January 25th)

Final Score: Washington 89, Boston 87

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas made two free throws with 1.7 seconds remaining to push the Washington Wizards past the Boston Celtics, 89-87, at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Arenas had a subpar shooting night, as Washington's leading scorer tallied 19 points on 7-of-21 from the floor. Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 26 points and nine rebounds and Brendan Haywood poured in a season-high 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

The Wizards won for the second time in three games and sneaked past Boston for the second time this season. Washington posted a 103-102 victory on Arenas' last-second free throws on January 7.

Paul Pierce scored 25 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists and Ricky Davis added 13 points in defeat. Pierce did miss five straight free throws in the second half and finished 5-of-13 from the charity stripe on the night.

"I think it was just one of those nights," said Pierce of his free throw shooting. "This was the first time I've missed about eight free throws in my career and mama always said you're going to have days like that so I just have to swallow it, brush it off and move on."

Mark Blount tallied 11 points and Delonte West compiled 10 points and nine assists, as the Celtics have dropped two of their last three contests.

Boston opened a seven-point lead early in the fourth, but Washington stormed back to set up a tight finish.

Arenas knocked the ball away from West, Jamison retrieved the loose ball and drove to the basket for a layup while being fouled. The three-point play tied the game at 81-81, then after another Boston turnover Jamison slashed to the basket and Raef LaFrentz was whistled for a flagrant foul.

The North Carolina product made two free throws and Arenas capped an 11-0 spurt with a jumper to open an 85-81 lead. Pierce attacked the basket on other end and made two free throws with 2:01 left.

Moments later, Pierce went up-and-under and drained a 10-footer to tie the game. Then, Caron Butler misfired and Jamison's putback attempt rimmed out.

Pierce wasted no time, as the all-star guard slashed untouched down the lane and threw down a one-handed slam to give Boston an 87-85 lead with 58 seconds left.

Davis fouled Jamison while both jumped for a rebound moments later and two free throws again tied the contest with 52.4 ticks remaining.

Boston came up empty on the offensive end and Washington had one last chance to win the game.

A disputed foul called on Davis for reaching in as Arenas drove to the basket put the Wizards guard at the line. Arenas -- an 81 percent free-throw shooter -- rattled home both to push Washington in front 89-87.

"He's one of the best in the league at getting that last shot (and) creating a foul," Washington head coach Eddie Jordan said. "He can drive. He can pull up. We've seen that in the playoffs. So, it's always good to have (the ball) in his hands for the last shot."

Pierce's desperation three-point heave from the left corner grazed the front rim at the buzzer.

Boston scored the first eight points of the contest and held a 29-19 lead after one stanza. Washington capped the half with seven consecutive points to cut the deficit to 39-37.

The Celtics held a 62-60 lead after a back-and-forth third quarter.

Game Notes

Boston made just 11-of-22 from the foul line...The Celtics fell to 13-9 at home...Washington improved to 8-12 on the road...Butler scored just four points in the loss.

01/25 23:46:50 ET


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