Wizards fall in OT to Celtics, 110-104


He scored 17 points in 22 minutes. The final point differential was 20 and even that made the game seem closer than it was.

Avoiding a second consecutive loss would mean remaining undefeated against the Boston Celtics this season.

For the Celtics (40-16), who were reportedly pursuing Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans as a complementary offensive threat to Kyrie Irving, offense was no problem against the Wizards. With that loss, the Celtics are now just one game ahead of the Raptors for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Boston, which had won four in a row, trailed Toronto by 29 points before falling 111-91 on Tuesday in Kyrie Irving's return from a quad contusion.

"I didn't feel as good as I wanted to", Irving said.

It'd be really hard to, basically, not be in the locker room at all until 35 [minutes] on the clock and I'm talking to the team for the first time.

“They’ve still got Le Bron James. I think everything else at that point is irrelevant.”

On this apparent afternoon at the Celtics team hotel, it appears the tough guy act got a little out of control, and not only did he hurt himself, he also hurt his team and their depth, something Brad Stevens can't be happy with. Frank Kaminsky came off the bench for 17 points, and Dwight Howard had seven points and 15 rebounds for Charlotte. Turnovers were an issue early for the Wizards with had 12 in the first half. Philadelphia sank 14-of-28 from beyond the arc and All-Star center Joel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds, enough to overcome Beal's 30. "We fought, we fought, and we battled".

The Celtics and the Wizards showed they might be just fine despite standing pat in the trade market, as the Celtics held off the Wizards for a tightly contested 110-104 overtime-victory in Washington.

While it seemed every National Basketball Association team had a big trade to announce just before Thursday's deadline, the Celtics and the Wizards chose to stay the course. He will be out six to eight weeks following left knee surgery on January 31. The two teams switched off stops before Porter's 18-foot pullup jumper gave the Wizards back the lead with 56.5 seconds left. Marcin Gortat leads in rebounds with 7.9 while Wall tops in assists with 9.3 per game.

"The shot clock was going down so I took my time and shot a shot that I've been practising", Brown said of the step-back three. "They made some big shots down the stretch and made some big plays down the stretch".

"I just liked the way we came out and set tone on both ends of the court", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. Tuesday's result won't necessarily hasten any moves for Boston GM Danny Ainge, but watching Toronto's second unit run roughshod over his team should be cause for concern. New center Greg Monroe, who had been waived by the Phoenix Suns on February 1 and was officially signed by the Celtics on Thursday, played a solid 20 minutes (five points and six rebounds).

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