Celtics 100, Wizards 94: Paul Pierce Turns Back Clock, Burns Washington
Paul Pierce turned back the clock, putting forth a vintage effort with a game-high 34 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics past the Washington Wizards, 100-94, on Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center in D.C.
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Ray Allen jammed his left ankle during the second quarter of the Boston Celtics' win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday afternoon and was forced to leave the game. Allen did not return and was later diagnosed with the ankle injury.
"I know it's a sprain," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following the win. "I was joking with Flip when the same guy the third time knocked him down, I asked him if they had a hit out on Ray. [The trainer] said he jammed his ankle."
After the game, Allen told reporters that he will be a game-time decision on Monday night when the Celtics return home to host the Orlando Magic and former teammate, Glen Davis.
"I was excited to come back out on the floor and work through it, but I feel too much tightness and pain [in the back of my ankle] right now," Allen said after the game. "I think it's a blessing that we played earlier and have the rest of the day to [heal]. I had an X-ray, and the doctor, from what he said, that there's not too many problems with my ankle, nothing new."
Allen scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting before leaving the game Sunday. Entering the game, Allen was the Celtics' leading scorer averaging 15.5 points while also averaging 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 13 games this season.
Paul Pierce turned back the clock, putting forth a vintage performance in which he scored a game-high 34 points and had 10 assists, eight rebounds and three steals as the Boston Celtics put away the Washington Wizards, 100-94, on Sunday afternoon.
Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who finished with 17 points and five rebounds, were forced to carry the load for Boston, which played the entire second half without Ray Allen (seven points), who jammed his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return. Also, the Celtics were without All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo (sore right wrist) for the second straight game.
Boston trailed by one point after 12 minutes, 21-20, but outscored Washington by ten points in the second quarter and closed out the first half on a 7-0 run to take a 49-40 lead into the intermission. The third and fourth quarters were tightly contested, with Washington outscoring Boston 29-24 in the third but the C's prevailing 27-25 in the closing quarter.
John Wall led his team with 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Nick Young scored 19 points for Washington, which finished 37-of-77 from the field to shoot 48.1 percent. JaVale McGee scored 13 and Jordan Crawford added 12 points off the bench.
Ray Allen suffered a jammed left ankle in the first half of the Boston Celtics' game against the Washington Wizards on Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center. Allen, who suffered the injury in the second quarter, limped off the court with the team trainer and headed straight for the locker room. More on his condition will likely be known after the game.
Allen scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting in 11 minutes before suffering the injury. Entering the game on Sunday, Allen was the Celtics' leading scorer, averaging 15.5 points, while also averaging 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 13 games.
Injuries have really taken a toll on the Celtics, who are now missing two of their five starters. In addition to Allen, starting point guard Rajon Rondo (sore right wrist) has also missed the team's last two games. Also, reserves Keyon Dooling and Chris Wilcox have been setback with injuries in recent weeks.
After over twenty minutes of closely contested basketball, the Boston Celtics closed out the second half on a 7-0 run as they took a 49-40 lead, their largest of the game, over the Washington Wizards heading into halftime on Sunday afternoon.
Paul Pierce did it all for the Celtics in the first half, totaling 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the half. Mickael Pietrus made two threes off the bench and had eight points while Brandon Bass totaled six points off the pine for Boston, which made 16-of-35 first-half buckets to shoot 45.7 percent.
Ray Allen left the game in the second quarter after suffering rom a jammed left ankle Allen limped back to the locker room with the Celtics trainer, and a report from Comcast SportsNet indicated that the C's would know more on Allen after the break. In 11 minutes, Allen scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting. In addition, Kevin Garnett had four points at the half.
John Wall scored 14 points and had four rebounds and three assists to lead the Wizards, who are shooting 40.5 percent from the floor. Andray Blatche had eight points and six rebounds and Kevin Seraphin scored four off the bench.
Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics (5-9) look to answer some of the questions facing them when they battle the Washington Wizards (2-13) at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday afternoon in Washington D.C. (TV/Radio: CSNNE/WRKO).