Boston 88, Washington 76

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, March 25, 2012 6:00 PM
Location - TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Officials - #30 John Goble, #77 Karl Lane, #38 Michael Smith
Attendance - 18624

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Washington 12 22 21 21 76
Boston 27 26 16 19 88

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 11-37 6-18 5-19 L3
Boston 26-22 17-8 9-14 W1

Recap


CELTICS 88, WIZARDS 76
: Avery Bradley scored 19 of his career-high 23 points in the first half as host Boston shot out early and held off Washington.

Paul Pierce scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half and added eight rebounds while Rajon Rondo handed out 11 assists for the Celtics, who bounced back after a tough loss at Philadelphia on Friday.

Boston is within a half-game game of the 76ers for first place in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia fell 93-76 to San Antonio later Sunday.

With Ray Allen (ankle) and Mickael Pietrus (neck) both out, Celtics coach Doc Rivers made the decision to start backup point guard Bradley in the backcourt alongside Rondo. Free to drive to the basket at will, Bradley went 8 for 9 from the floor in the first half.

Boston led by as many as 25 points in the second quarter and shot 65 percent in the first half while holding Washington to 29 percent.

The Celtics led 53-34 at the break but fell off the pace a bit in the third quarter as the Wizards crept back into the game. A 13-0 run pulled them to within 55-47 before Boston woke up and took control again behind Pierce.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Jordan Crawford scored 20 points and Kevin Seraphin collected 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wizards. … The Celtics went 17 for 18 from the free throw line. … Boston has taken each of the four meetings this season.

Top Game Performances

Washington   Boston
Jordan Crawford 20 Scoring Avery Bradley 23
John Wall 9 Assists Rajon Rondo 11
Trevor Booker 12 Rebounds Paul Pierce 8
Jordan Crawford 3 Free Throws Made Avery Bradley 4
Kevin Seraphin 2 Steals Kevin Garnett 2
Kevin Seraphin 1 Blocks Brandon Bass 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Washington 76 34.5 3-14 13-19 12 45 2 7 15
Boston 88 48.6 3-10 17-18 24 39 4 9 15

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game on the road against Charlotte. The Celtics have a W/L % of .615 after a win and .455 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Wizards have a W/L % of .091 after a win and .270 after a loss.
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