Refresh
Page last updated on Sat Apr 19 15:36:27 EDT 2014
RECAP
11/03/2012 11:24 PM EDT
Pierce's late 3 lifts Celtics over Wizards 89-86
BOSTON 89, WASHINGTON 86

By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After his Boston Celtics held the Washington
Wizards to 1-for-14 shooting at the start, then scoreless for
nearly 3 minutes at the end, coach Doc Rivers spoke about "great
defensive intensity."



"Defense," he said, as if to underline the point, "is
exhausting."



Wizards guard Jordan Crawford offered another explanation for
the way things went in Boston's 89-86 victory over Washington on
Saturday night.



"We're forgetting plays," Crawford said.



A night after what Rivers called a "flat game," the Celtics used
defensive stands early - Washington's only scoring in the first
8 minutes came on Kevin Garnett's goaltending call - and late,
plus Paul Pierce's 27 points, including a key 3 down the
stretch, to edge the Wizards and improve to 1-2.



Washington dropped to 0-2 after its home opener in front of a
sellout crowd of 20,308 that occasionally included folks
chanting "Let's go, Celtics!" Washington is still without two
starters: point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the
2010 draft, and center Nene.



"Our starts are so bad, you don't know if you're ever going to
see daylight again. I didn't know if the ... sun was coming up
tomorrow. I truly didn't," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said with
a chuckle after watching his club fall behind Boston 17-2 at the
outset. "That's how bad it was to me, sitting there."



Bradley Beal, the No. 3 overall pick this year, missed all five
of his shots and scored two points for the Wizards, while
Crawford led the hosts with 21 points despite hurting his left
ankle in the second half.



"I wasn't involved, really," Beal said. "I wasn't asserting
myself. I wasn't aggressive."



Another Wizards reserve, Kevin Seraphin, played after being
sidelined by a right calf injury for their season opener and
made his first seven shots, finishing with 19 points. But
Seraphin also threw the ball away with Washington down one point
and 28 seconds left.



Cartier Martin scored five consecutive points during a 16-4 run
that put Washington ahead 86-84 on Seraphin's turnaround
12-footer with a little under 3 minutes remaining.



"You don't want to give teams any life," Pierce said. "Today we
gave them life and they had a shot at us."



But with thousands in the stands asking for "De-fense!
De-fense!" Pierce made a 3-pointer to put Boston back in front
with 2 1/2 minutes left.



From there, neither team managed to score until Jason Terry's
two free throws with 1.2 seconds left padded Boston's lead.



"Our defense put us in the situation to get where we were at,"
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo said. "We didn't shoot the ball well
tonight. We had a lot of easy shots we missed. We can't control
that, but what we can control is our effort on the defensive end
and we did that tonight."



Rondo had 12 points - including two on an acrobatic, one-handed
push that he likened to a shot put - and 12 assists, while
Garnett scored 15.



Wall has a knee injury and is expected to miss another month or
so, while Nene is out with a foot problem and no one is quite
sure when he'll be back. Both are really missed on offense,
which was apparent not only with the way Washington opened the
game, but also by checking the assists column on the stat sheet:
The starting five combined for a grand total of one assist in
the first half.



Yes, the Wizards got points less than 1 1/2 minutes in, but that
was because Garnett was called for goaltending on a short shot
by Emeka Okafor. Otherwise, Washington missed 13 of its first 14
field-goal attempts. That run of futility included shanked
3-pointers and midrange jumpers, layups and putbacks. Even a
dunk.



Rondo's 19-foot jumper put Boston ahead 17-2 with a little less
than 4 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter. By then, three
Celtics - Garnett, Pierce and rookie Jared Sullinger - each had
at least twice as many points as the entire Wizards roster.



A day after losing by 11 at home to Milwaukee, the Celtics led
by as much as 24-8 before Washington made a game of it.



"When you lose two games in a row and you play as poorly as we
played last night, you're either going to come out with great
intensity or we're still going to be thinking about last night
and get down 20," Rivers said. "That cushion won the game for
us."



NOTES: Sullinger, the Ohio State forward taken in the first
round of the draft, made his first NBA start, replacing Brandon
Bass in Boston's lineup. Sullinger ended up with four points and
four fouls. ... The teams play each other again Wednesday at
Boston.



---



Howard Fendrich is on Twitter at
http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Golden State Warriors
2
Toronto Raptors
3
Brooklyn Nets
4
Los Angeles Clippers
5
Los Angeles Clippers
04/19/2014
NBABrooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors09:30 AM PST
Slovakia - SuperligaFK Senica at Spartak Myjava10:00 AM PST
MLBSt. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals10:05 AM PST
MLBToronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians10:05 AM PST
MLBLos Angeles Angels vs Detroit Tigers10:05 AM PST
Slovenia - PrvaLigaNK Maribor at NK Zavrc10:30 AM PST
MLBBaltimore Orioles vs Boston Red Sox10:35 AM PST
Belgium - Pro LeagueKAA Gent at Waasland-Beveren11:00 AM PST
Belgium - Pro LeagueKV Oostende at Lierse SK11:00 AM PST
Belgium - Pro LeagueCercle Brugge Ksv at Royal Charleroi SC11:00 AM PST
Belgium - Pro LeagueKV Kortrijk at Yellow-Red KV Mechelen11:00 AM PST
Chile - PrimeraUniversidad de Chile at Universidad de Concepcion11:00 AM PST
Slovenia - PrvaLigaNK Triglav at ND Gorica11:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaEspanyol Barcelona at Real Sociedad11:00 AM PST
Slovenia - PrvaLigaNK Olimpija Ljubljana at NK Rudar Velenje11:05 AM PST
MLBMinnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals11:10 AM PST
Czech - 1. LigaFK Baumit Jablonec at FK Mlada Boleslav11:15 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaSporting Lisbon at CF Os Belenenses11:15 AM PST
MLBCincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs11:20 AM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionRacing Club Mdeo. at Danubio FC11:30 AM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionCA River Plate at Institucion Atletica11:30 AM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionCerro Largo FC at Club Nacional de Football11:30 AM PST
Argentina - Primera BCA Aldosivi at CA Banfield12:00 PM PST
Argentina - Primera BDouglas Haig at Independiente Rivadavia12:00 PM PST
Argentina - Primera BDefensa y Justicia at Almirante Brown12:00 PM PST
France - Coupe de la LigueParis St Germain at Olympique Lyon12:00 PM PST
Italy - Serie AAS Roma at AC Fiorentina12:00 PM PST
NHLChicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues12:05 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BABC RN at Santa Cruz PE12:20 PM PST
NBAGolden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers12:30 PM PST
Colombia - Torneo PostobonJaguares d. Cordoba at FC Aguablanca12:30 PM PST
USA - MLSHouston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union1:00 PM PST
USA - MLSNew England Revolution at Chicago Fire1:00 PM PST
MLBHouston Astros vs Oakland Athletics1:05 PM PST
Argentina - MinorUAI Urquiza at Club Atletico Atlanta1:05 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraEstudiantes de La Plata at CA Rosario Central1:10 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraClub Olimpo at Quilmes AC1:10 PM PST
Chile - PrimeraO`higgins FC at Union Espanola1:30 PM PST
Peru - Copa IncaUTC de Cajamarca at Universidad San Martin1:30 PM PST
Brazil - Serie AVitoria BA at Internacional RS2:30 PM PST
Brazil - Serie AFigueirense FC at Fluminense RJ2:30 PM PST
UFCH Perpetuo vs J Mein2:45 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraGallos Blancos at America de Mexico3:00 PM PST
USA - MLSSan Jose Earthquakes at Colorado Rapids3:00 PM PST
UFCC Magalhaes vs L Zachrich3:10 PM PST
UFCA White vs E Payan3:35 PM PST
UFCP Healy vs J Masvidal4:00 PM PST
Chile - PrimeraHuachipato at Deportes Union La Calera4:00 PM PST
Paraguay - Primera DivisionOlimpia Asuncion at Nacional FC4:00 PM PST
USA - MLSLa Galaxy at Vancouver Whitecaps FC4:00 PM PST
MLBMilwaukee Brewers vs Pittsburgh Pirates4:05 PM PST
NBAAtlanta Hawks vs Indiana Pacers4:05 PM PST
NHLColumbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins4:05 PM PST
MLBAtlanta Braves vs New York Mets4:10 PM PST
MLBNew York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays4:10 PM PST
MLBSeattle Mariners vs Miami Marlins4:10 PM PST
UFCS Baczynski vs T Alves4:20 PM PST
UFCR Dos Anjos vs K Nurmagomedov4:35 PM PST
Brazil - Serie ACoritiba PR at Chapecoense SC5:00 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BAvai SC at America RN5:00 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BOeste SP at Ceara CE5:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraTiburones Rojos at CF Monterrey5:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraFC Puebla at CF Pachuca5:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraJaguares de Chiapas at Santos Laguna5:00 PM PST
MLBChicago White Sox vs Texas Rangers5:05 PM PST
UFCB TAVARES vs Y Romero5:05 PM PST
MLBArizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers5:10 PM PST
MLBPhiladelphia Phillies vs Colorado Rockies5:10 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraNewell's Old Boys at CA San Lorenzo5:30 PM PST
UFCE Barboza vs D Cerrone5:35 PM PST
MLBSan Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres5:40 PM PST
UFCL Carmouche vs M Tate6:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraUanl Tigres at Leon6:06 PM PST
UFCF Werdum vs T Browne6:30 PM PST
BOXINGB Shumenov vs B Hopkins6:30 PM PST
USA - MLSPortland Timbers at Real Salt Lake6:30 PM PST
NBAMemphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder6:35 PM PST
NHLMinnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche6:35 PM PST
Costa Rica - Primera DivisionCS Herediano at Limon FC7:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraClub Tijuana at CF Atlante7:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraDeportivo Toluca at Atlas7:00 PM PST
USA - MLSSeattle Sounders at Chivas Usa7:30 PM PST
Japan - Japan League 2Tochigi SC at FC Gifu9:00 PM PST
South Korea - k-League ClassicPohang Steelers FC at FC Seoul10:00 PM PST
04/20/2014
Spain - La LigaCelta de Vigo at UD Almeria03:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionDeportivo La Coruna at RCD Mallorca03:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueLiverpool FC at Norwich City04:00 AM PST
Latvia - VirsligaFK Daugava Riga at FK Liepaja04:00 AM PST
Russia - Fotball National LeagueFC Rotor Volgograd at FC Torpedo Moscow04:00 AM PST
China - Chinese Super LeagueHarbin Tengyi at Hangzhou Lvcheng04:35 AM PST
France - Ligue 1OGC Nice at AS Monaco05:00 AM PST
Russia - Fotball National LeagueFC Baltika Kaliningrad at Dinamo St P.burg05:00 AM PST
Russia - Premier LeagueFC Krasnodar at FC Dinamo Moscow05:00 AM PST
Denmark Sas LigaenOdense BK at FC Vestsjaelland06:00 AM PST
Russia - Fotball National LeagueFC Ufa at FC Shinnik Yaroslavl06:00 AM PST
Sweden - AllsvenskanHelsingborgs IF at Halmstads BK06:00 AM PST
Sweden - AllsvenskanIFK Gothenburg at Kalmar FF06:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueArsenal FC at Hull City06:05 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaBayer Leverkusen at 1 FC Nuremberg06:30 AM PST
Latvia - VirsligaBFC Daugavpils at Skonto Riga07:00 AM PST
Russia - Premier LeagueCSKA Moscow at FC Kuban Krasnodar07:30 AM PST
Czech - 1. LigaFC Zbrojovka Brno at FK Teplice08:00 AM PST
Czech - 1. Liga1 FK Pribram at SK Sigma Olomouc08:00 AM PST
Denmark Sas LigaenRanders FC at Aalborg BK08:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1AC Ajaccio at SC Bastia08:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1EA Guingamp at FC Girondins Bordeaux08:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1Montpellier Hsc at FC Lorient08:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1FC Nantes at Valenciennes FC08:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1FC Sochaux at Stade Reims08:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaBetis Sevilla at Rayo Vallecano08:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionCD Alaves at Recreativo Huelva08:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionReal Murcia CF at Sporting Gijon08:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueManchester Utd at Everton FC08:10 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaFC Schalke 04 at VfB Stuttgart08:30 AM PST
Sweden - AllsvenskanIFK Norrkoping at AIK Stockholm08:30 AM PST
Sweden - AllsvenskanBK Hacken at Mjallby Aif08:30 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionReal Jaen at Real Zaragoza09:15 AM PST
Czech - 1. LigaSparta Prague at Dukla Prague10:00 AM PST
Mexico - PrimeraGuadalajara Chivas at Unam Pumas10:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaSC Olhanense at Benfica Lisbon10:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaGranada CF at Sevilla FC10:00 AM PST
MLBToronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians10:05 AM PST
MLBLos Angeles Angels vs Detroit Tigers10:05 AM PST
NBADallas Mavericks vs San Antonio Spurs10:05 AM PST
MLBAtlanta Braves vs New York Mets10:10 AM PST
MLBSeattle Mariners vs Miami Marlins10:10 AM PST
MLBMilwaukee Brewers vs Pittsburgh Pirates10:35 AM PST
MLBSt. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals10:35 AM PST
MLBNew York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays10:40 AM PST
MLBMinnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals11:10 AM PST
MLBCincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs11:20 AM PST
Chile - PrimeraUniversidad Catolica at Colo Colo11:30 AM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionCA Cerro at Miramar Missiones11:30 AM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionDefensor Sporting at El Tanque Sisley11:30 AM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionLiverpool M. at Juventud de LP11:30 AM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionMdeo. Wanderers FC at CA Rentistas11:30 AM PST
Argentina - PrimeraCA Belgrano at Colon de Santa Fe12:00 PM PST
Brazil - Serie ABotafogo RJ at Sao Paulo SP12:00 PM PST
Brazil - Serie AGremio RS at Atletico Paranaense12:00 PM PST
Brazil - Serie ACorinthians SP at Atletico Mineiro MG12:00 PM PST
Brazil - Serie ACruzeiro MG at EC Bahia BA12:00 PM PST
France - Ligue 1Lille Osc at Olympique Marseille12:00 PM PST
Spain - La LigaAthletic Bilbao at FC Barcelona12:00 PM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionCE Sabadell at Alcorcon AD12:00 PM PST
MLBChicago White Sox vs Texas Rangers12:05 PM PST
NBACharlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat12:30 PM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaUniversitario de Sucre at CA Nacional Potosi12:30 PM PST
Costa Rica - Primera DivisionFC Puntarenas at Uruguay de Coronado12:30 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraRacing Club at Argentinos Jrs1:00 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraAtletico Lanus at Arsenal de Sarandi1:00 PM PST
MLBHouston Astros vs Oakland Athletics1:05 PM PST
MLBSan Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres1:10 PM PST
MLBArizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers1:10 PM PST
MLBPhiladelphia Phillies vs Colorado Rockies1:10 PM PST
Colombia - Liga Postobon IIDeportivo La Equidad at Deportivo Cali1:15 PM PST
Colombia - Liga Postobon IIBoyaca Chico FC at Independiente Medellin1:15 PM PST
Peru - Copa IncaUniversitario de Deportes at FBC Melgar1:30 PM PST
Paraguay - Primera DivisionGeneral Diaz at Club Libertad Asuncion1:45 PM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaSan Jose Oruro at Clube Desportivo Aurora2:00 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraVelez Sarsfield at River Plate2:15 PM PST
Brazil - Serie AGoias GO at Flamengo RJ2:30 PM PST
Brazil - Serie ASport Recife PE at Santos FC SP2:30 PM PST
Brazil - Serie APalmeiras SP at Criciuma SC2:30 PM PST
Chile - PrimeraNublense at Everton de Vina Del Mar2:30 PM PST
Costa Rica - Primera DivisionSantos de Guapiles at AD Carmelita3:00 PM PST
Costa Rica - Primera DivisionLiga Deportiva Alajuelense at Universidad de Costa Rica3:00 PM PST
Colombia - Liga Postobon IIDeportes Tolima at Millonarios FC3:30 PM PST
Peru - Copa IncaCD San Simon at Alianza Lima3:45 PM PST
Costa Rica - Primera DivisionCD Belen Siglo Xxi at Deportivo Saprissa4:00 PM PST
Paraguay - Primera DivisionClub Guarani at Sol de America4:00 PM PST
MLBBaltimore Orioles vs Boston Red Sox4:05 PM PST
NBAWashington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls4:05 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraBoca Juniors at CA Tigre5:30 PM PST
Colombia - Liga Postobon IIDeportivo Pasto at Fortaleza FC5:45 PM PST
NBAPortland Trailblazers vs Houston Rockets6:35 PM PST
04/21/2014
NBAMemphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder5:00 PM PST
NBAGolden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers7:35 PM PST
04/22/2014
NBAAtlanta Hawks vs Indiana Pacers4:00 PM PST
NBABrooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors4:35 PM PST
NBAWashington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls6:35 PM PST
04/26/2014
BOXINGJ Molina vs L MATTHYSSE6:30 PM PST
BOXINGJ Diaz vs K Thurman7:15 PM PST
05/03/2014
BOXINGM Maidana vs F Mayweather Jr8:00 PM PST
TONIGHT'S NBA WINNING ACTION!
Access Tonight's featured Premium Pick "guaranteed" to win! Simply put your email in the box below or text/call 702-979-4410

Featured pick:

GRIZZLIES VS. THUNDER 9:30 PM ET


* WINNER, WINNER, WINNER *

Here's result from our 2014 Premium Picks.

January (+16.9 Units): $1,690.00
February (+6.6 Units): $660.00
March (+22.9 Units): $2,290.00
Total: (46.4 Units): $4,640.00

Don't miss out on Tonight's pick. Enter your email address in the box below or text/call now: 702-979-4410

EMAIL: