Instant analysis: Celtics 107, Wizards 96

Instant analysis: Celtics 107, Wizards 96
April 7, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Game in a nutshell: The Wizards (29-48) still only have seven road wins. PG John Wall did all of his early scoring in the first quarter when he had 10 points, but the Wizards could've led instead of trailed 56-52 at halftime if not for the Celtics’ reserves contributing 23 points. With Wall on the bench to start the second quarter, Boston (40-37) start to take control and led by nine. Wizards SF Trevor Ariza scored 12 points in the period, shooting 5 of 8 including two three-pointers, to close the gap. PF Nene wasn't much of a factor because of foul trouble. He picked up his fourth midway through the third quarter when the tide turned.  SG Jason Terry, PF Shavlik Randolph, Courtney Lee and Chris Wilcox sparked a 12-1 run as the Celtics led 87-71 going into the fourth. PF Kevin Garnett and SF Paul Pierce, who sat out their previous game with ankle injuries, combined for just 27 points on 11-for-22 shooting. F Brandon Bass led all scorers with 20 points on 9 of 12 shooting. Wall finished with 16 points on 8-for-20 shooting and 10 assists. The only other Wizards starter in double figures was SF Martell Webster with 12 points. 

Hello again: Celtics SG Jordan Crawford came off the bench in his first game against his former team and sparked them to their largest lead of the first half. Crawford made a fadeaway jumper in the lane to make the score 34-31, made a mid-range jumper on the next possession and stole a pass from Ariza that led to a basket. The Wizards were quickly behind 40-31. It was Crawford's only scoring as he finished with six points on 2-for-3 shooting. He also had two steals and three turnovers in 16 minutes of action.   

Local ties: Wilcox, who played at the University of Maryland, made all four shot attempts for eight first-half points. He made 6 of 7 shots for 13 points. F Jeff Green, who played at Georgetown, was 3 of 8 for eight points.  Green picked up his fourth foul midway through the third when he was called for a charge against Nene.  Randolph, who played for the Wizards in the summer league, had eight points on 2 of 2 shooting, made 4 of 7 foul shots and had seven rebounds. Randolph was signed to two 10-day contracts before being signed for the rest of the season by Boston.

The Chase II: Wall has been the king of the chase-down blocks for the Wizards, but SG Garrett Temple joined in. Celtics PG Avery Bradley had a clear path for a fast-break layup, but Temple ran him down to pin it on the backboard in the first quarter.  That led to a transition play for the Wizards, who went up 17-14 when Wall made the open jumper.

Knee lift: Wrestlemania took place not too far away in New Jersey on Sunday night, but F Trevor Booker took a knee lift that put him down for the three-count. As he hauled in a rebound off a missed shot by Garnett in the second quarter, Booker was struck in the rear end by a knee from Lee. He soon left the game and was unable to run.

Who’s next: Tuesday at New York Knicks, 7 p.m. ET, CSN. Knicks (50-32). F Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 36 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds in a 125-120 win at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.