Celtics 100, Wizards 92
It was vintage Ray Allen. The ball swings from one side of the
floor to the other and the NBA’s all-time 3-point king comes around
a pick or two before stepping up and nailing a jumper.
Allen went 3 for 3 from long range in the final quarter, scoring
11 of his 27 points in the fourth, and the Boston Celtics won for
the second straight night over Washington, beating the winless
Wizards 100-92 on Monday night.
”Ray made the big shots for us tonight,” point guard Rajon
Rondo said. ”It was a team effort, but when we needed a bucket the
ball seemed to find Ray.”
The 36-year old Allen, the oldest player on the floor who prides
himself on conditioning, looked like the one with the freshest legs
when the game was on the line.
”Yeah, Marathon Man,” joked Boston coach Doc Rivers. ”He was
great. He just kept going. I would never want to guard that guy.
You can’t imagine how many miles Nick Young had to go chasing
Rondo downplayed the amount of energy Allen showed.
”Ray runs every day,” he said. ”He’ll probably run tomorrow.
It’s not a shock when he does what he did.”
Paul Pierce had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics
(3-3), who pulled to .500 after losing their first three games of
the season. Rookie Greg Stiemsma, making his first start, had 13
points and seven rebounds, and reserve Brandon Bass scored 12.
But it was Allen that carried the veteran Celtics during the
game’s key minutes.
”You look at the shots during that stretch; every time somebody
made the tough extra pass,” Allen said, crediting his teammates.
”It’s tough to guard that second and third pass.”
Andray Blatche led Wizards (0-5) with 28 points and nine
rebounds, JaVale McGee had 17 points and 14 boards, and John Wall
had 11 points. Head coach Flip Saunders didn’t see much of the game
from the bench after he was ejected 1:46 into the contest.
Allen was 6 for 7 from beyond the 3-point line.
Boston beat the Wizards 94-86 in Washington on Sunday.
Allen’s fourth 3-pointer of the game, coming with 8:56 to play,
pushed Boston ahead for good, 75-74. Bass then hit a foul-line
jumper and, after a basket by the Wizards’ Nick Young, Rajon Rondo
found Marquis Daniels cutting backdoor for a layup. He was fouled
on the play and made the free throw, increasing it to 80-76.
Bass then nailed another jumper – this one from the right corner
– and Rondo had a breakaway layup, increasing Boston’s lead to
84-76 with 6:21 to play.
The Wizards made one last run, closing it to 84-80 on Blatche’s
three-point play, but Allen hit a jumper on the left wing and
followed it 43 seconds later with a 3 from the right wing.
”This game boiled down to coming down the stretch, winning
time, you’ve got to make the right plays in the last two minutes
every time or you don’t have a chance, especially against a veteran
team like this,” said Wizards assistant coach Randy Wittman, who
took over after Saunders was tossed.
Allen’s third 3-pointer of the final quarter made it 95-87 with
1:30 to play.
Saunders was upset after Stiemsma blocked Rashard Lewis’ shot
and knocked him to the floor as play continued. He got up off the
bench and screamed at the officials to earn the first technical,
then walked to midcourt still protesting to earn the second and an
”It was quick,” Wall said. ”I heard everybody complaining
about the call Rashard got and then all of a sudden it was two
technicals and he was gone.”
Washington led 70-69 after three quarters.
Neither team held more than an eight-point lead in the first
half, and it changed eight times before the Wizards took a 48-47
advantage into halftime.
Notes: Boston coach Doc Rivers said he likes facing a team twice
in a row. ”I wish our league did it more. I’ve always said that,”
he said before the game. ”I think it builds competition.” …
Wizards G Wall was whistled for a technical 4 minutes after
Saunders. … Boston C/F Chris Wilcox returned after missing the
previous three games with a bruised left shoulder. … Celtics
center Jermaine O’Neal was out with a tight left hamstring, but
said after the game he plans on playing Wednesday against New
Jersey. ”I’ll be ready to go,” he said.