The Celtics blew a double-digit lead, and eventually fell to the Wizards 85-83.

Kevin Garnett scored a team-high 17 points on 7-13 shooting, while Ray Allen added 16. Allen was only able to connect on 6-15 shots from the field and 2-8 attempts from deep. Rajon Rondo tallied 13 points and nine assists. Paul Pierce scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Semih Erden recorded six points and 11 boards filling in for the injured Shaquille O'Neal.

For Washington, recent addition Rashard Lewis netted 18 points on 7-13 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds. JaVale McGee and rookie stud John Wall netted 16 apiece.

The Celtics dropped 35 points in the opening frame, thanks in large part to Allen's 10 points, and led by 15 heading into the 2nd quarter. The Wizards were able to hold the C's to just 21 points in the 2nd and cut their deficit to just 10 at the break.

Washington continued to chip away at Boston's lead and would have entered the 4th quarter knotted 70-70, had Rondo not sunk a jumper with less than four seconds left in the frame.

With just over 2:30 left in the game, Wall got into the lane and finished at the rim to give Washington it's first lead of the entire game, 81-79. After Davis made a layup, Wall banked in a deep three-pointer to put the Wizards up by three.

Pierce then missed a jumper. After giving a ball fake, Blatche jumped into him, but the C's didn't get the call. Garnett did knock down a layup with 40.9 seconds left in regulation to bring Boston within one. Pierce got another chance to hit his trademark step back jumper in Boston's last possession, but clanked it off the back iron.

The loss drops Boston to 33-10, while the Wizards improve to 13-29. The Celtics return to action Tuesday night when the Cavaliers visit Beantown for a 7:30 matchup.

Stephen Bailey 1/22/2011 09:44:00 PM Edit
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  1. Anonymous says:

    I really don't understand this team sometime. Yeah we're dealing with injuries, but this should have been an easy win. We can't get a rebound to save our life. I think Doc should really start going to Nate & Von, who can both can get buckets, more in situations like this instead of pulling them when they get a rhythm going. You can see the frustration on Wafer's face every time he's pulled.

  2. Anonymous says:

    WTF was that C's?! wow, i'm very disappointed. McGee pounding his chest and staring at KG, then Wall's lucky 3. not calling a timeout at the end, when (i think) we had 2 to spend. i know were not shooting well but were smarter and better than that. i am disappointed and that's THE TRUTH!


  3. Three Toe says:

    The reffing was all over the place, both our offense and defense crapped the bed in the fourth, that lucky shot is something that shouldnt have mattered, because we should have been up by 15 at that point. maybe it was the back to back, maybe it was the odd calls and no calls, who knows, but they looked as flat as can be. They settled for almost only jumpshots in the 4th, and missed every single one of them.

    Go the the basket, pick up fouls! who cares if you miss some of the free throws, it's not like Washington was scoring. They must have just been tired.

    And for the love of god, no more point guard robinson, unless there are no other options! Have Quis run the 1, hell, let Pierce do it if hes out there without rondo. But if I have to watch Robinson shoot another 30-foot 3 pointer with 22 left on the shot clock or dribble into a disaster going mach 5 i'm going to scream. Two words: SHOOTING GUARD.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Please don't call it magical-call it what it was: lucky. The C's played like crap, but the Wizards didn't play any better. The shots just went their way this game, thats the way it goes.

  5. tb727 says:

    Almost every single shot by the Celtics in the 4th quarter rimmed in and out. Just one of those nights in a long season.

    I agree Nate Robinson should be the 12th man when Delonte returns. I rather have Marquis play the point and Wafer play the 2. At least Wafer can defend and doesnt give up so much height.

  6. Anonymous says:

    John Wall is an obnoxious, arrogant, overrated prick. I'd like to drop a deuce on him the next time he dougies.

  7. karl says:

    Was at the game 75 percent celtics fans. Well make those shots next time. Second night of a bnack to back. Missing half our rotation. No worries

  8. Three Toe hit it on the head, "that lucky shot is something that shouldn't have mattered, because we should have been up by 15 at that point".

    It's frustrating as a fan to watch them put together such a consistent effort against a team like the Jazz and cruise to a win and then, the next night, go up big but let a team like the Wizards hang around long enough to think they can win. If we hold the lead a bit better through the second and then play five solid minutes in the third this game never gets close. But as soon as you let a team like the Wiz think they can beat you, you're going to have a battle.

    It's just one loss, but I hope it sends a message about staying on the gas in games like these.

  9. shelbyl says:

    It's official: We cannot play back to back. 6 of our 10 losses came in back-to-back schedules. Of the 11 BtB sets we played, the wins that we pulled were also really really close.

    35-21-16-11. These are the numbers for our scoring per quarter. Ridiculous. We didn't play jack. We didn't battle for rebounds, our transition D sucked, all we did was shoot (and miss) jumpshots.

    Argh, that was a torture to watch. Unbelievable.

    I will not watch BtB games any more. I think this is better for my mental health.

  10. Good report SB. I thought Ray Allen's missed dunk with just under 7 to go killed the Cs. He throws that down, that game goes into overtime at least. Instead he bricks a wide-open, point blank dunk and gets no criticism from the Boston media because he's Mr. Nice Guy. But Big Baby burying his head after the play speaks volumes.


  11. Harry says:

    I want to see Karl in the Week in Review. Make it happen please.

  12. Charity game. C's let them have it. If you play down to the other teams level then practice playoff level execution as if by design then sometimes you're bound to get burned.

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