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NBA Game Summary - Boston at Washington



(Saturday, January 12th)

Final Score: Washington 85, Boston 78

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - DeShawn Stevenson scored nine of his team- high 19 points in the final quarter, boosting Washington to an 85-78 win over Boston, sending the Celtics to their fifth loss of the season.

The tables were turned on the Celtics (30-5), just one night after they won at New Jersey for their 10th straight road victory. In that game, Boston outscored the Nets, 23-9, in the final quarter. However, on Saturday the Wizards used a 25-13 advantage in the last 12 minutes to send the Celtics to their second loss in three games.

Caron Butler tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who have won four of their last five games. Antawn Jamison ended with 10 points and 16 rebounds in the victory, Washington's fifth in the last six meetings with the Celtics. The Wizards finished the game on a 15-4 run and made 27-of-30 foul shots.

"To play focused against the best team in the league says a lot about the character of our team," Jamison said. "A lot of teams wouldn't believe that they have a chance from the get-go, but we play well when our backs are up against the wall."

Kevin Garnett had 19 points and Paul Pierce 15 for the Celtics, who went 4-of-16 from the field in the last quarter. The big three of Garnett, Pierce and Ray Allen combined to shoot 1-of-9 in the fourth. Boston also had 21 turnovers in the game.

"We definitely have to fix the turnovers," Garnett said. "We are a better team than we showed tonight. They played well and had a lot of ball movement."

Washington won despite going 2-of-18 from three-point range, but held a 49-30 advantage in rebounds. The Wizards will play at Boston Monday.

"We've got to find a way to get a win on the road," Jamison said. "We have to match their energy. It's a different story when you are at home."

Boston led 74-70 with just under four minutes left after a James Posey three- pointer, his eighth point of the quarter. However, Washington scored the next nine points. Antonio Daniels gave the Wizards the lead at 75-74 with a three- pointer with 1:51 remaining, and Stevenson was then fouled on a three-point try and made all three from the charity stripe.

Brendan Haywood's free throw capped the burst with 34.2 seconds left, but Celtics coach Doc Rivers was fuming over an apparent missed 24-second violation call. Butler's three-pointer never hit the rim, but after a scramble Haywood came up with the ball and was fouled.

Boston got within 81-78 on a Pierce three with 15.8 seconds left, but Stevenson hit two foul shots and then came up with a breakaway jam in the waning seconds after Allen missed a long distance jumper.

Eddie House finished with 11 points for the Celtics, who were behind 23-19 after one quarter and trailed 41-40 at the half. Boston turned it around in the third though, starting the period with seven consecutive points. The Celtics led by as many as nine in the period before settling for a 65-60 edge going into the fourth.

Game Notes

Allen, Pierce and Garnett combined to go 15-of-40 shooting...Stevenson made all eight of his foul shots.

01/13 00:27:28 ET


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