Wizards open and close poorly

Wizards open and close poorly
November 3, 2012, 10:15 pm
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Well, that one hurt.

Despite a dreadful first quarter, the Wizards had a shot to beat Boston but late-game execution cost them, as they fell 89-86 to the Celtics at Verizon Center.

The Wizards had multiple possessions down the stretch in which they had the ball, down just one point to the Celtics. However, they couldn't take the lead because they either turned it over or, in the case of their final shot, took an ill-advised rushed corner jumper from Martell Webster with 5 seconds left and the Wizards down 87-86.

"A lot of these guys haven't been in a position like this before," Wizards’ coach Randy Wittman said. "We’ve got to learn how to make plays."

The Wizards turned the ball over 15 times for the game but had three crucial turnovers in the final two minutes.

"Too many turnovers down the stretch," Wittman said.

The Wizards dug themselves a huge hole with a first quarter to forget, shooting 21 percent from the field and trailing 26-12.

"We just got blitzed again to start the game," Wittman said. "We’ve got to figure out a way to start games better."

They had better, because the 0-2 Wizards face the same Boston team Wednesday on the road.