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They were without rookie John Wall Wednesday, but it probably would not have mattered too much with the stomping the Celtics put on the Wizards Wednesday. Boston took over after being down by just three points early in the first quarter and never looked back in their 114-83 trouncing of the Washington Wizards. It resulted in first playing of “Gino Time” in the TD Garden Wednesday; Shaq was very amused.
An all-around team effort was present Wednesday from the Celtics, as every player that was dressed entered the game and scored at least one bucket. Paul Pierce led all scorers with 23 points, followed by Kevin Garnett, who had 18 points and seven rebounds. All of the starting five for Boston scored in double digits, with Ray Allen putting up 11 points, Shaquille O’Neal adding 13, and once again Rajon Rondo was impressive with 12 points and 13 more assists.
Thanks to great play from the bench, the Celtics starters were all, with the exception of Rondo, under 30 minutes of playing time. Rondo played exactly 30 minutes. Speaking of the bench, Delonte West returned to action Wednesday after serving his 10-game suspension on weapons charges from last season. West brought a great lift Wednesday with 12 points, four assists, and five rebounds. Semih Erden flashed some Turkish talent off the bench as well, with a near double-double of nine points and eight rebounds.
The Wizards were without their great rookie point guard John Wall, who was dealing with a foot injury, Wednesday. Nick Young, off the bench, was able to step up and score for Washington Wednesday with 20 points. Only Al Thornton (15 points), Andray Blatche (10 points), and Kirk Hinrich (10 points) were able to score in double digits next to Young. Even Gilbert Arenas was ineffective Wednesday, with just nine points.
The C’s had a great game overall Wednesday. The bench was able to take over effectively at the end of the game and held the Wizards to a measly 14 points in the fourth quarter. It was great to see such a blowout without the starters needing to log nearly 40 minutes. It is still early in the season, but any extra rest these guys can get is great considering their age. Kevin Garnett and Shaq are two guys especially that can always use the extra rest. Garnett is clearly over his knee injury from last season and once again a dominant scorer, outstanding defender, and a great rebounder. So the extra rest to keep Garnett at this level will always benefit him as well as Shaq, who has proved he still has plenty left in that diesel gas tank body of his.
The Celtics will welcome in Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night when they travel to Boston. This will already end the season series between the two teams as, Boston will look to get their tenth win of the season.
Tags: Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, Celtics, Delonte West, Gilbert Arenas, Kevin Garnett, Kirk Hinrich, Nick Young, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Semih Erden, Shaquille O'Neal, Washington Wizards