|Fast Break: Celtics – Wizards||04.09.10 at 10:13 pm ET|
The first eight minutes seemed like a close game. The rest of the first half looked like the Wizards shootaround.
The Celtics and Wizards were tied, 15-15, with four minutes left in the first quarter. Then the Celtics got cold and, well, to say the Wizards got hot would be an understatement. The Wizards finished the quarter on a 15-2 run to go up 30-17. They outshot the Celtics, 56.5 percent to 30.4 percent from the field. Nick Young ended the quarter with a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
The Wizards went up 38-17 in the second quarter before the Celtics scored at the 7:05 mark, the first time since 2:40 in the first quarter. Even though the Celtics were only outscored by two the rest of the way, they scored a season-low 31 points in the first half. They trailed, 52-31, at halftime.
In the first half, Andray Blatche and Young combined for 29 points. Kendrick Perkins and Ray Allen led the Celtics with just seven points each. The Celtics shot 30 percent.
The Celtics and Wizards broke even in the third quarter. Both teams scored 23 points off of 10-for-19 shooting. Blatche continued his attack with eight points; Rondo countered with six points and four assists. The Celtics, however, were outrebounded 12-5. The Wizards took a 75-54 lead at the end of the third.
The mood in the Garden shifted in the fourth quarter. The Wizards did not score for the first 2:07 and the Celtics outscored them, 10-3, in the first five minutes of the quarter. They cut the lead to 12, 83-71, with 4:35 left off a Pierce layup before the Wizards quickly pushed the edge back up to 17 off of a free throw and back-to-back baskets.
But just as it seemed like game was done, Nate Robinson exploded for 11 points in 26 seconds (three consecutive 3-pointers and a driving layup). He brought the Celtics within six, 99-93, with 41 seconds to go. But the Wizards held on to their lead at the line. In spite of another trey by Marquis Daniels, keeping the Celtics within seven, the Wiz hit their free throws. Even though the Celtics kept it interesting late in the game, but their dismal first half performance was too much to overcome. They lost, 106-96.
Blatche (31 points, 11 rebounds), JaVale McGee (14 points, 11 rebounds), and Rondo (17 points, 12 assists) recorded double-doubles.
Turning point: The Wizards broke a 15-15 tie to outscore the Celtics 15-2 in the final four minutes of the first quarter. During that stretch the Celtics committed two turnovers and McGee blocked three shots.
Player of the game: Andray Blatche scored a game-high 31 points (15 in the first half) and grabbed 11 rebounds.
- The Celtics previous first half-low this season was 33 points (March 10 against the Grizzlies). They lost that game, 111-91.
- Rasheed Wallace was greeted by a mix of boos and cheers from the crowd. He shot 4-for-7 from the field (10 points) and grabbed three rebounds in 20 minutes. Wallace was the highest scorer off the bench.
- In spite of the deficit, Marquis Daniels did not play until 3:28 left in the game. He connected on a three-point play and drained a trey late in the fourth. He had not scored since last Friday against the Rockets (2 points).
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