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After an NBA record 27-2 start, it seemed like the Celtics were destined to finished 73-9 on the season, beating the Bulls for the best record in league history. Then, on Christmas day, the Lakers beat the Celtics in a tough game that sent Boston into a tailspin.
After losing three of four on a West Coast trip, the Celtics were poised for a bounce back game against a Wizards team that beat them three times last season. This year is a different story, however, and the Wizards are nowhere near as good as they were.
The Celts got a huge game from Paul Pierce and beat the Wiz 108-83 to improve to 18-1 at home this season and 29-5 overall.
Pierce scored 26 points on nearly perfect shooting to lead the squad. The Truth shot 9-10 from the field (5-6 from 3) and 3-4 from the line on a very efficient shooting night. The rest of his game was missing (one rebound, one assist, one block), but Pierce shot so well it didn’t matter.
Rajon Rondo continues his campaign for an All-Star bid, finishing with another double double. He scored 10 points and dished out a game-high 14 assists to go with one steal and one block.
The Celtics defense played with high intensity, limiting the Wizards to just 38.3% shooting from the field and an abysmal 2-12 from beyond the arc. Washington had just two players in double figures: Antawn Jamison with 14, and reserve Nick Young with 15 points in just 17 minutes overall.
Next up for the Celtics is a date with the Knicks on Sunday.