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The Celtics got back to their winning ways Friday night at the Garden as they defeated the Washington Wizards 104-88.
All five Celtic starters scored in double figures and three starters had double-doubles.
Rajon Rondo led the way for the Celtics with 20 points and 14 assists, Paul Pierce scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Kevin Garnett rounded out the three with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Celtics opened the game on a 16-4 run, only to have the Wizards cut the lead to 28-23 by the end of the first quarter.
After being up just three at halftime, the Celtics scored the first seven of the third quarter to grab the first double-digit lead of the game, 66-56.
The Wizards were able to pull within striking distance with just over seven minuets remaining in the fourth, after a Jordan Crawford breakaway dunk cut the lead to 87-83. The Celtics countered however with baskets from Rondo, Allen and Pierce to push the lead back up to 10 points.
The Celtics then turned up the defense, allowing just five points over the final 3-½ minuets.
Nenad Krstic started for Jermaine O’Neal and looked great. Krstic scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and also grabbed six rebounds in 27 minuets.
The Celtic starters combined for 85 points on 29-of-53 shooting with all five scoring in double figures. Compare that to the Bulls game in which the Celtic starters combined for 44 points on 17-of-48 and only two starters reached double figures.
It’s off to South Beach for a game with the Heat on Sunday. The Celtics are 3-0 against Miami this season and have already beaten the Heat in Miami 112-107 back On November 11. This game will be the most important of the four, as the winner of this will most likely be the No.2 seed in the Eastern Conference.