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Fast Break: Celtics vs. Wizards

It looked like another disappointing home loss for the Celtics [1]. Down by 12 in the third quarter, the C’s were on the verge of falling to the Wizards just a week after being upset by the Nets [2].

But that’s when their winning experience came into play. The Celtics outscored the Wizards 24-17 in the fourth quarter to secure a 86-83 comeback victory.

Turning Point: Down 81-77, Rajon Rondo [3] scored a fastbreak layup and drew the foul on Al Thornton with 1:37 to go. He missed the free throw, but Kendrick Perkins [4] kicked out the offensive rebound to Ray Allen [5], who drained a trey. This capped a 16-2 Celtics run and put them up, 82-81.

Player of the game: Ray Allen (25 points) got the Celtics momentum back with a pair of treys in the third quarter. Not only did he hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the fourth, he knocked down the game-winning 3 with 17 seconds left.

– Rondo scored just two points in the first half. He got hot late in the third to score seven points in a span of two-minutes. He finished the game with 15 points.

Michael Finley [6] was inactive and watched the game from the end of the Celtics bench in a charcoal suit.

Tony Allen [7] played two minutes in his first game back since injuring his hip on Wednesday against the Bobcats.

The Celtics are now 6-5 on Sundays and improved to 25-6 against sub-.500 opponents.