Brandon Bass scored five straight points in overtime to break a tie and lead the Celtics to an 100-94 win over the Wizards Wednesday night at TD Garden. Kevin Garnett had 20 points, 13 rebounds while Rondo added 18 points and 14 assists as the Celtics swept the home-and-home series. Jason Terry had a season-high 16 points off the bench for the Celtics, who overcame 19 turnovers and an ugly night of 42 percent shooting to even their record at 2-2.
As they did in jumping out 17-2 on Saturday night, the Celtics started out blazing hot against the Wizards, racing out to an 11-2 lead in the first three minutes. Garnett was dominant in the opening quarter, grabbing nine of his team's 15 rebounds. With Garnett in the lineup, the Celtics were able to build an early 11-5 lead. Garnett went out of the lineup and the Wizards immedately took advantage, outscoring the Celtics, 11-6, to climb back in the game.
The same scenario unfolded in the second quarter as Boston went up, 26-22, before Garnett came out of the game with seven minutes left before half. The Wizards went on a 16-8 spurt to grab a 38-34 lead. Collectively, the Celtics were outscored 27-14 in the first half without Garnett in the lineup. The Celtics fell flat to end the first half, going to the locker room trailing 42-37. In addition to his 10 rebounds and seven points, Garnett was a defensive force, blocking a pair of shots, including one in the closing moments that energized the team and building at the break.
Garnett was a force to open the third scoring baskets on Boston's first two possessions. He drew a foul and converted a free throw on the third possession as the Celtics tied the game in the opening two minutes. That would be a sign of things to come as the Celtics dominated the third quarter to grab control of the game. They outscored the Wizards, 29-16, in the period to take a 66-58 lead heading into the fourth.
The Celtics would grow their lead to 11, 71-60, only to see the Wizards storm back with a 16-6 run. Jason Terry hit his second three of the night with 3:45 left to put the Celtics up, 80-76. But a pair of Terry misses from long range set the Wizards up for a pair of two-pointers that tied the game, 80-80, with under three minutes left. A pair of Rondo free throws with 2:08 left put the Celtics up, 82-80, only to have 19-year-old Bradley Beal answer with a three at the 1:55 mark to give Washington it's first lead since early in the third quarter.
Garnett was fouled by Kevin Seraphin with just over a minute left. The two tangled and Garnett was called for throwing an elbow that earned him a technical. After the free throw that put Washington up, 84-82, Garnett hit both free throws to tie it. Pierce came up with a steal thanks to Garnett's pressure up top and hit a free throw that put Boston up, 85-84. After Rondo hit one of two free throws, Chris Singleton converted two free throws with 33.1 seconds left to tie it, 86-86.
Rondo hit a straightaway jumper from the top of the circle with 26.4 seconds left to put Boston up before Singleton drove the lane for a thunderous one-handed slam with 9.4 seconds left to tie it again. Rondo dribbled out the last nine seconds before taking a contested three at the buzzer that rang off the rim to send the game to overtime.
Brandon Bass hit a free throw and moments later a layup to put the Celtics up, 95-92, with 1:51 left in overtime. Following a defensive stop by Rondo and Garnett, Bass' breakaway dunk with 37.7 seconds left sealed the game.
The Celtics are off Thursday before taking on the Sixers in a rematch of their seven-game Eastern semi-final series from last spring. For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog.
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
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Michael Holley comes in for the crossover, and continues the discussion with Tim over what will happen if the Patriots face any type of punishment for the deflated footballs in the AFCCG.
With the Wells report seemingly wrapping up (we hope), Tim and Lou got to talking about possible fines and punishments the Patriots must face. It's possible that the Patriots will face a small fine, but should they take that laying down? The conversation brings out a little passion from BOTH sides.
Jackie Mac talks about the Celtics win over the Hornets last night and their chances of making the playoffs.
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We listen in on Adam Shefter's deflategate report on NFL Live on ESPN, and discuss when we can expect this whole mess to come to a head.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
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Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
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