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.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!