Wizards erase 18-point deficit, top Celtics 106-99

Trevor Ariza scored 27 points and hit a 3-pointer that capped a

fourth-quarter run that carried the Washington Wizards to a 106-99

comeback win over the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

Trailing 92-84, Ariza started the 14-1 rally with a jumper from

the right corner. John Wall had five of his 20 points in the surge,

which was interrupted only by a free throw by Jared Sullinger that

gave Boston a 93-91 lead with 3:39 remaining.

Then Nene tied the game with a short baseline jumper and Wall

gave the Wizards their first lead, 95-93, with a 20-footer with 2:5

to go. Marcin Gortat then blocked Sullinger’s shot and Ariza hit

his 3-pointer with 2:25 remaining to put Washington ahead


Boston was led by Avery Bradley with 26 points.