NBA Game Summary - Boston at Washington
(Saturday, November 4th)
Final Score: Washington 124, Boston 117
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas poured in 44 points and dished out six assists to lead Washington over Boston, 124-117, in its home opener at the Verizon Center.
The All-Star guard finished 14-of-25 from the floor for the Wizards, who bounced back after a tough season opening loss to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Antawn Jamison added 29 points and eight rebounds for Washington, while Caron Butler deposited 20 points and Antonio Daniels donated 15 off the bench.
"We rebounded better and we kept trying to turn people over and get steals," said Wizards coach Eddie Jordan. "We had a low turnover rate and got to the line. That did it for us."
Wally Szczerbiak netted 33 points for the struggling Celtics, who lost their third straight game to start the young season. Sebastian Telfair tallied 24 points and handed out six assists while Paul Pierce contributed 23 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and five assists.
"It's tough coming up short again," said Szczerbiak. "We have played three tough teams but we have to stay together."
Down by 10 points entering the final frame, Boston tried to battle back as the game headed toward the stretch. Telfair's twisting layup inside the lane drew the Celtics to within six, 109-103, with 4:40 left.
But, the Wizards scored six of the game's next eight points to get the lead back to double digits. Jamison sandwiched two Pierce free throws with a pair of layups and Arenas drained two free throws on his own to make it a 115-105 game with 3:04 remaining.
Boston had one last run in them. Telfair connected on a long three from the right corner to draw the Celtics to within five, 119-114, with 1:04 showing on the clock.
But, 14 seconds later Butler stemmed the momentum by draining a fade away to make it a 121-114 game and Boston was unable to recover.
The Wizards raced out to a 35-28 advantage after the first 12 minutes and held on to take a slim 58-57 advantage into the locker room.
Washington opened a little breathing room, 98-88, with a 40-point offensive outburst in the third quarter. Arenas highlighted the run-and-gun action with three treys in the frame.
Washington has won four of its last six home openers...The Wizards were a solid 28-14 as the host last season...The Celtics were a dismal 12-29 as the visitor last season...The Wizards will now visit the Orlando Magic on Monday before returning home for a three-game stand... Boston returns home to host Charlotte on Wednesday and Utah on November 10th...Last season, the Wizards won three of four from Boston.
11/05 00:41:30 ET