Green paces Celts to OT winBy BENJAMIN STANDIG
The Sports Xchange
January 22. 2014 11:35PM
WASHINGTON — Forward Jeff Green scored a season-high 39 points with a career-best eight 3-pointers and forward Gerald Wallace hit the game-winning layup with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime as the shorthanded Boston Celtics outlasted the Washington Wizards, 113-111, on Wednesday night.
Guard Phil Pressey scored a career-high 20 points on five 3-pointers before fouling out for the Celtics (15-29), who had lost three straight, 12 of 13 and 10 consecutive road games.
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.
Washington (20-21) failed in its fourth attempt this season to move above .500 for the first time since 2009.
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.
Forward Jared Sullinger had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who led 61-43 at halftime, but were outscored 30-15 in the third quarter. Boston made 15 of 34 3-point attempts.
Boston was limited in the backcourt without Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley (sprained ankle) and Jerryd Bayless (sprained big left toe).
Rondo returned to action on Friday after missing nearly a full year after tearing his ACL and played in Boston’s previous three games, including Tuesday’s loss at the Miami Heat. However, he did so with restricted minutes and the team chose not to use him on back-to-back nights against Washington.
Forward Nene scored 17 points, guard Bradley Beal and swingman Trevor Ariza each scored 14 for Washington. The Wizards had won four of five games. The Wizards last posted a winning record on Halloween, 2009 at 2-1. Since then, they have been mostly scary times as evidenced by the franchise’s subsequent 116-224 record.
Green’s seventh 3-pointer tied the game at 99-99 with 1:18 remaining in regulation. Nene missed two jumpers in the final 11 seconds including a potential game-winner at the buzzer.
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