It was a “tale of two halves” in the purest sense of the word in the nation’s capital on Wednesday night, but in the end, the visiting Boston Celtics were able to escape with a 113-111 win over the Washington Wizards.
At the half, the Celtics looked to be in complete control, as Boston led by 18 points, but the Wizards wouldn’t go away quietly. Boston scored 61 points in the first 24 minutes, but Washington’s defense came out of the half ready to battle, and because they were able to hold the C’s to just 38 second-half points, they were able to force OT. Unfortunately, the Wizards’ defense failed them in the end, though, as Boston swingman Gerald Wallace was able to produce a driving lay-up with 2.5 seconds remaining that put the game away.
Jeff Green was the offensive story of the game, as Boston’s “go-to-guy” had a season-high 39 points in the game. In addition to that type of explosive effort, Green also set a career-high for three-pointers made with 8 in the game, and he nearly put up a double-double with 9 rebounds in a team-high 46 minutes. In support of Green, young big man Jared Sullinger put up a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards, while the aforementioned Gerald Wallace had a nice across-the-board showing with 9 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals.
On the Washington side, John Wall put up a triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists, but despite that stat line, it was an uneven performance for the point guard. Wall committed 6 turnovers in the game, and also flailed with his shot during the game, finishing 9-for-29 from the field. The Wizards were able to put 6 players in double-figures, but that offensive display wasn’t enough to combat their defensive woes.