"They didn't say all wins in the NBA are pretty," Arenas said
after his two free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining secured the
Washington Wizards' 103-102 victory over the Boston Celtics on
"I wasn't going to miss those two."
Arenas scored 31 points and Antawn Jamison added 24 points and
eight rebounds for the Wizards, who blew a seven-point lead in the
final 29 seconds.
"We will take them however we can get them," said Caron
Butler, whose two free throws gave Washington a 101-94 advantage
with 29.4 seconds left.
Paul Pierce then made a 3-pointer off an inbounds play and Brian
Scalabrine entered the game and promptly hit another 3 from the
corner that pulled the Celtics to 101-100 lead with 21 seconds
"Before he took that 3, Scalabrine came over and said: 'Get
ready, it's coming," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "And he
made it, too."
After Butler missed two free throws, Delonte West hit a jumper
from the top the key that gave the Celtics a 102-101 lead with 9.7
seconds left. West had just missed a shot from virtually the same
spot but Ricky Davis tipped the rebound back to him for a second
"People were walking with their backs turned, walking out of
the gym like the game was over," said West, who nearly gave the
Celtics only their fourth road victory of the season. "It always
hurts to lose, no matter how it happens. It is even worse when you
have made a major comeback."
Arenas made the game-winning free throws after being fouled on a
drive to the basket by Pierce.
"I just wanted to go out and get a foul," said Arenas, who
appeared to initiate contact on the play. "I am lighter than Paul
Celtics coach Doc Rivers didn't like the call.
"I think my view was what everybody else's view was -- except
for the right guy," Rivers said. "He lost control of the ball. He
kind of flung himself into the guy. It was too bad for us because
it was a heck of a comeback."
Ricky Davis missed a desperation heave at the buzzer.
"We kind of stole the game and let it slip away," Scalabrine
Davis scored 24 points to lead the Celtics, who have lost six of
their last eight games.
Pierce, who finished with 23 points, scored 11 in the fourth
quarter but missed a 3-pointer and a jumper down the stretch. He
also missed two of three free throws with 30 seconds remaining.
"We shouldn't have put ourselves in that situation," he said.
"If we would have executed earlier in the game we wouldn't have
come to this, but I like how we didn't give in late in the game
when people were leaving the stands thinking the game was over."
Butler added 20 points and Brendan Haywood grabbed 12 rebounds
for the Wizards.
Following a thunderous baseline dunk by West, Pierce's 3-pointer
pulled the Celtics to 90-87 with 5:15 remaining.
Butler's 3-pointer gave the Wizards an 88-80 lead with 8:14
Antonio Daniels and Butler sparked the Wizards' 11-2 run to
close the third quarter. Arenas capped the spurt with a three-point
play with 1.9 seconds remaining and Washington led 82-76 after
Celtics guards Davis and West combined to hit their first nine
shots. Davis scored the Celtics' first six points of the second
Davis made eight of his first nine shots and gave the Celtics a
42-35 lead with a layup late in the second quarter. West's
3-pointer gave Boston its largest lead of the half at 49-41 with
There were four lead changes and seven ties in the first
Wizards forward Jared Jeffries missed the game with a
left-eye abrasion. ... The Celtics, who lost to Atlanta on Friday
night, are 2-6 in the second half of back-to-backs. ... The Wizards
had their seventh sellout of the season but many of the 20,173
arrived after the Washington Redskins' NFL wild-card playoff
victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.