Rajon Rondo slammed home the go-ahead bucket with a minute left in regulation for the Boston Celtics to win over the Washington Wizards 104-102 Thursday at the Verizon Center. Ray Allen came up with 18 points to become the 32nd NBA player to score 20,000, while Paul Pierce collected 12 to reach the 19,000 total point mark. Allen and Pierce may have stole the show in regards to their career accomplishments, but it was Rondo who held them together to pull off their 9th straight victory.
“We believe we can win games in any situation, and that’s a good sign,” said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. “Clearly their game plan was they weren’t going to guard him. They were going to give him shots, and he took them.” Boston was up as much as 14, collectively shooting 62.9 percent by the end of the half. Washington rallied back towards the end, but Boston’s veteran experience kicked in when it mattered to close out the game.
Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas despite his 25 point effort isn’t happy with the way things are going in Washington. “We get up for games like this. It’s the other games we have to start getting up for,” said Arenas. “Right now, we’re a bottom-feeder team.” The Wizards are scheduled to host the Indiana Pacers on Saturday as the Celtics head to Chicago to matchup against the Bulls.
Philadelphia 76ers PG Lou Williams rimmed out a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Washington Wizards the 108-107 victory in honor of team owner Abe Pollin, who passed away just hours before yesterday’s contest. “It was a hard evening,” said Gilbert Arenas. “But at the end of the day Abe Pollin loved us so much that we couldn’t feel the pain until after the game. We had to go out there and just play. He wouldn’t want us to stop doing what he loved.”
Arenas finished the game with 17 points and eight assists, adding six turnovers to his stat line as well. Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Andray Blatche contributed with 14 of the bench’s 31 total points in his 22 minutes played.
The Sixers made a progressive 32-23 run in the fourth quarter but ran out of time to finish out on top. Both coaches shared the same remarks following the heart-felt win for Washington. “I guess Mr. P, he probably contested that last shot better than anybody,” said Wizards coach Flip Saunders. 76ers coach Eddie Jordan stated soon after that “maybe Abe’s spirit knocked that out.”
Philadelphia will now be making their way to Boston’s TD Garden for a game against the Celtics tonight at 7:30 PM. The Wizards are set to head south for their Friday night matchup with the Miami Heat.
The 1-10 Washington Wizards have fired head coach Eddie Jordan. The Wizards’ director of player development Ed Tapscott has been selected to coach the team on an interim basis. The Wizards have struggled so far this year, without star Gilbert Arenas and role-player Brendan Haywood. Tapscott will make his coaching debut against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center in DC.
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The Washington Wizards are off to a 0-5 record to start the season. Superstar point guard Gilbert Arenas has been out since September after his third knee surgery procedure. Arenas will not return until mid-January at the earliest, and the future of the Wizards team without him is uncertain. Even Antawn Jamison, who played with a passion during Arenas’ absence least year, seems uninterested. The Wizards hope that a big pep talk will help them score a big win against the 5-1 Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
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