The Washington Wizards swung up the I-95 corridor for an afternoon tussle with the Boston Celtics on Saturday, Dec. 21. The Celtics led for most of the game, but a fantastic fourth quarter from the Wizards secured them a 106-99 victory.
In a statistical surprise from both teams, Trevor Ariza led all scorers with 27 points, and Avery Bradley led Boston with 26 of his own. John Wall tallied 20 points, nine assists and six steals.
Washington center Marcin Gortat went to work and got 13 points, 11 boards and four blocks. C's big man Jared Sullinger was a force early on but his scoring tailed off; he finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds (five offensive).
The 12-16 Celtics were dominant in the first quarter behind their hot shooting, but they led only 51-44 at halftime.
Boston still had an eight-point lead with 6:14 left to play, but the 12-13 Wizards reeled off a suffocating 18-2 run down the stretch. The C's went nearly six minutes without a field goal and sent their fans home grumbling about the afternoon loss.