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The Celtics’ Big Three clashed with the Wizards’ Big Three of Antawn Jamison, Gilbert Arenas, and Caron Butler in a 109-95 loss. With the win, the Wizards became the first team to beat the C’s three times this season and joined the Magic as the only teams to win their season series against the Celtics.
The game was a battle throughout with both teams trying to keep a lead and hold onto it. Once again Doc Rivers continued to rest his starters as much as he could before the playoffs, but unlike last night’s win in Milwaukee, Rivers put his Big Three back in game in the fourth quarter with the game on the line. However, the Wizards just kept holding onto their lead and did not allow the Celtics to get any closer than six points away from making a dramatic comeback.
Turnovers and bad shooting were problems for the Celtics, as Boston turned the ball over 19 times throughout the game and shot under .500 for the night. However, the Celtics continued to use their bench team as the starters were resting as much as they could before the playoffs. Rivers will most likely continue this resting pattern and trying to develop the bench as much as he can in the few remaining games. In this game, Rivers utilized P.J. Brown more as the back-up center.
The Celtics had strong performances from Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Pierce led all scorers with 28 while Garnett contributed 22 with 14 rebounds to notch on another double-double for the season. Ray Allen also added 14 points. The Wizards were led by Jamison’s 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Butler added 13 points and 10 assists. Arenas, who was playing his third game back from the injured list, came off the bench and had 13 points.
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