Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/7

Game 1: Saturday, January 7th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 25th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 7th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 5th

Wizards 89

(19-21, 8-12 away)

Celtics 87

(17-25, 13-9 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 25, 2006

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 19 18 23 2989
    BOS 29 10 23 2587

    Top Performers

    Washington: A. Jamison 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Boston: P. Pierce 25 Pts, 11 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Late Arenas free throws vault Wizards past Celtics

    BOSTON (AP) -- The Wizards received an encore performance from Gilbert Arenas.

    Arenas hit two free throws with 1.7 seconds remaining to lift the Washington Wizards to an 89-87 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

    "It is deja vu," Celtics guard Delonte West said. "We are not upset at the foul, but we are upset that we didn't close out the game when we had the chance."

    In their only other matchup this season, Arenas drew a foul with three seconds remaining and hit two free throws to give the Wizards a 103-102 victory on Jan. 7.

    "He's one of the best in the league at getting the last shot and creating a foul so it is always good to have it in his hands for the last shot," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said.

    Antawn Jamison scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter and Brendan Haywood scored a season-high 21 for Washington, which has now won six of its last eight.

    "He (Davis) bailed me out a little bit," Arenas said. "Because then I'd have had to try and create and finish over a big man, which I probably would have done."

    After a Pierce dunk gave the Celtics an 87-85 lead with 58.5 seconds remaining, Jamison hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 87.

    Pierce then missed an opportunity to regain the lead for Boston when he missed a pair of free throws with 38 seconds remaining. After Haywood fumbled the rebound out of bounds, Ricky Davis missed a jump shot with 12 seconds left before Arenas hit the game-winning free throws.

    "They are in the eighth spot right now so this was a tough loss and we missed an opportunity," Davis said.

    Pierce scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but was 5-for-13 from the free throw line.

    "This is the first time that I can remember that I have missed eight free throws in a game in my career," Pierce said.

    Arenas had 19 points for the Wizards (19-21) who shot 40 percent from the field.

    West had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics (17-25), who had a three-game home winning streak snapped.

    After shooting 57 percent in the first, the Celtics shot 21 percent in the second quarter as the Wizards cut Boston's lead to 39-37 at halftime.

    Arenas, Jamison and Caron Butler shot a combined 5-for-22 in the first half.

    The Celtics ended the first quarter with a 29-19 lead courtesy of two 8-0 runs and 11 points from Pierce.

    After scoring one point in the last three games, Mark Blount came off the bench in the fourth quarter and scored all 11 of his points for the Celtics.

    Game notes

    Washington has dropped seven of its last 11 to the Celtics. ... Arenas is one of four players in the league ranked in the top 20 in points and assists per game. The others are LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Dwyane Wade. ... The Celtics' 10 points in the second quarter was their lowest output of the year.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 87
    FGM-FGA 33-83 (.398) 36-73 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 4-14 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 19-26 (.731) 11-22 (.500)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-40 11-39
    Assists 16 24
    Turnovers 15 17
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 7 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 24 (1/1)
    Largest Lead 4 12

    Top Performers

    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 26
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Paul Pierce Pierce
    Points: 25
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 1