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Green paces Celts to OT win
Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green, right, hugs teammate Gerald Wallace after their 113-111 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington on Wednesday. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)
Guard John Wall tallied his second career triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but shot nine of 29 from the field and missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Pressey’s 3-pointer with 52 seconds remaining in overtime put Boston up 111-108. Washington scored the next three points, but center Marcin Gortat missed one of two free throws with 13.9 seconds left. Following a timeout, Wallace, who had nine points, drove straight to the basket and scored.
Boston was limited in the backcourt without Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley (sprained ankle) and Jerryd Bayless (sprained big left toe).
With limited guard options, the Celtics opened the game with four frontcourt players along with Pressey. He entered shooting six of 38 on 3-pointers this season, but made five of six against the Wizards.His third and fourth 3-pointer of the first half capped an 11-0 second-quarter run for a 45-28 lead. Green also hit four treys in the first half, the last one giving the Celtics their largest lead at 56-37 before the crowd of 14,492.Notes: Celtics coach Brad Stevens said G Avery Bradley could be out a couple of weeks after spraining his ankle in Tuesday’s loss at the Miami Heat. ... Washington F Trevor Booker returned to the lineup after missing one game with a sprained left ankle. ... G Vander Blue made his NBA debut in the second quarter after the Celtics signed him to a 10-day contract before Wednesday’s game. The former Marquette star averaged 19 points in four games for the D-League’s Delaware 87ers this season. Ironically, Blue also played his final college game at the Verizon Center last March during the NCAA Tournament. ... The two sides have a pair of regular-season games remaining, both in April. ...Washington opens a four-game road swing at the Phoenix Suns on Friday, the same day Boston hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder