The former Boston Celtic, Paul Pierce, got yet another standing ovation from the crowd as he returned to TD Garden tonight. Unfortunately, the Boston Celtics crowd was able to enjoy another standing ovation, but this time for their teams performance. The Washington Wizards late fourth quarter surge was not enough to overcome their 101-93 defeat from the Celtics.
The Wizards came out of the gate slow, scoring only 15 points in the first quarter and shooting an awful 25% from the field. The sluggish play continued into the second and third quarter. The Celtics held a very comfortable 77-59 lead after the third quarter.
The spark the Wizards needed eventually came during a big offensive fourth quarter. The Wizards made six three-point field goals as four came from the hot hand, Rasual Butler. Butler has made an impact on the court during the month of December, averaging almost 19 points and just over 3 three point field goals a game. Butler led the team with 22 points and six three point field goals coming off the bench. Butler is becoming a dangerous three point threat and sixth-man for the Wizards.
Turnovers and inability to make baskets in the game ultimately hurt the Wizards. The Wizards ended up committing 19 turnovers and shot a dreadful 36.6% from the field and 66.7% from the free throw line. A John Wall late turnover with 25 seconds left put the late game heroics to an end and gave the Celtics their third straight win.
Rajon Rondo from the Celtics, earned his 21st career triple-double. Rondo scored 13 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished out 11 assists. Jeff Green scored a team high 25 points, and Marcus Thornton came off the bench scoring 21 points with four three point field goals and shooting an impressive 58% from the field.
Topper’s Top Player: John Wall. Wall fought the whole game and gave an incredible effort in a loss. He posted 17 points, 8 rebounds, 14 assists, 3 blocks, and 3 steals. Wall continues to improve each game and is becoming one of the best point guards in the league.
The Wizards record falls to 13-6 and are currently in third place in the Eastern Conference. Randy Wittman’s team will look to re-group and get revenge as they return to the Verizon Center and take on the Celtics tomorrow night.
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