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Brandon Bass rattled off five unanswered points in overtime to give the Celtics the advantage they needed to overcome the Washington Wizards for a second straight game, 100-94, Wednesday night in Boston.
Kevin Garnett attacked the Wizards for 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks, while Rajon Rondo added 18 points, 14 assists and 3 steals.
The Celtics had the ball in a tie game with nine seconds left in regulation, but Rondo was unable to connect on three pointer as the Celtics potential game winning play broke down.
The Wizards were led by A.J. Price who finished with 15 points and 7 assists and Kevin Seraphin who had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both players also hurt their team by turning the ball over 6 times apiece. Seraphin turned the ball over three straight times late in the fourth quarter when the Wizards had a chance to take over the game.
The Celtics were aggressive at getting to the line on Wednesday, racking up 34 free-throw attempts. The Celtics’ bench, led by 16 points from Jason Terry, and 11 points and 7 rebounds from Bass, had their strongest outing of the season with a combined 41 points.
The Celtics continued to struggle shooting the ball and shot just 4-for-13 from three. Despite pouring in 15 points and 10 rebounds, Paul Pierce shot only 2-for-12 from the field.