Fast Break: Celtics claim an uneasy win over Wizards
|11.03.12 at 9:48 pm ET|
If there was going to be a team that the Celtics could get well against, it would be these Washington Wizards. The Celts had, after all, won all four of the teams’ meetings last season, and Washington was heading into its home opener without its star John Wall (knee).
It worked out for the C’s, but it wasn’t as easy as they might have wanted.
The Celtics claimed an 89-86 win over the Wizards on Saturday night, sealing the deal when Martell Webster jumper from the corner fell short with two seconds remaining. Webster’s miss, which came out of a timeout with 4.5 seconds remaining and the Wizards trailing by a point, was followed by two free throws by Jason Terry to finish things off for the visitors.
The Wizards had come back from a 16-point first-quarter deficit to take a one-point lead with 2:55 to go on a jumper from Kevin Seraphin (8-of-9 from the floor, 19 points). But Paul Pierce (27 points) came right back to can a 3-pointer, giving the Celtics a lead they would never relinquish.
“A win’s a win,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters after the game, “and we’ll take it.”
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Celtics’ win:
WHAT WENT RIGHT
‘¢ For just the eighth time in his career, Rajon Rondo made two 3-pointers. The point guard managed multiple 3-pointers just once last season, hitting a pair against the Knicks on April 17. Rondo also finished with 10 or more assists (12) once again, also pitching in with 12 points.
‘¢ The Celtics stormed out to a 26-12 lead after the first quarter, shooting 50 percent from the field while holding Washington to 21 percent. The Celts also turned the ball over only one time in the opening quarter.
‘¢ Jared Sullinger got his first career start and acquitted himself fairly well. The rookie only four points (taking three shots), but managed seven rebounds. He was a plus-7 when on the floor.
WHAT WENT WRONG
‘¢ Terry struggled again, finishing with a minus-12 in his 17 minutes. The guard hit just two of his eight shots from the floor. He was part of a Celtics bench that was outplayed most of the night, contributing to the C’s being outscored in both the second, third and fourth quarters. The Wizards claimed a 62-27 edge over the Celts reserves.
‘¢ The Celtics were beaten on the boards, losing the rebound battle, 46-35. The bench managed just seven rebounds, with Brandon Bass claiming five of them.
‘¢ The Celtics had no answer when Rondo was out of the game, with Leandro Barbosa claiming a minus-12 when on the floor while going just 1-for-3 from the floor.