WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (Ticker) -- Antawn Jamison
and the Washington
Wizards barely played defense in the third quarter against the
Boston Celtics. They more than made up for it in the fourth
quarter and overtime.
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Jamison collected 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Wizards
rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the
Celtics in overtime, 110-105.
"Other than a bad third quarter, we did a good job tonight,"
Jamison said. "We did a good job in the first quarter, in the
fourth quarter and in overtime. After that third quarter, we
found our composure and found a way to get it done."
Recent versions of the Wizards likely would have packed it in
down the stretch.
"We don't feel like we are the same old Wizards," said guard
, who had 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
"We feel like we can slow it down, get our composure, get some
buckets and come out on top."
added 25 points for the Wizards, who held a
13-point lead at the break but gave up 42 third-quarter points
to fall behind, 84-72, entering the final period.
"It was a rough third quarter for us," Arenas said. "Everything
we did, they countered. Paul Pierce
was great and we did
everything wrong. We were playing right into their hands but we
kept our cool and we were able to send the game into overtime.
Then we buckled down and got some stops."
Washington stormed back, taking a 93-91 lead on a 3-pointer by
with 5:50 remaining. The Wizards held a 98-95 edge
before Pierce nailed a 3-pointer with 1:59 to play. Hughes made
a runner in the lane 12 seconds later before Pierce countered
with a pair of free throws with 58 seconds left.
After a series of fruitless possessions, Pierce badly missed a
3-pointer just before the buzzer, sending the game into
"I wanted to get it a little closer to the basket but I saw help
defense and I started too late getting into my move and it kind
of took me out of where I wanted to shoot the ball," said
Pierce, who finished with 37 points and eight rebounds. "I just
missed the shot. That's part of the game.
"It was a good game. They had a big lead and then we came back
and got a big lead. We just have to do a better job. This is
what we've been preaching since the beginning of the season,
keeping our composure and staying in our offense when we have
the lead in the fourth quarter. I think we've had the lead in
the fourth quarter just about every game we've played this year
and that's a weakness right now. We have to become a tougher
team in crunch time."
Jamison opened the scoring in the extra period on a jumper with
3:38 to play, and Washington led thereafter. The edge was
106-100 before Boston finally scored on an alley-oop dunk by
with 12 seconds left.
Pierce contributed had 37 points and eight rebounds for the
Celtics, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
"We want a track meet if we can get it but it's tough to have a
track meet when they have the baton the whole game," Celtics
coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought it was a relay. They kept
passing it to each other, shooting it and getting another one.
They're a long team and we knew that coming in."
Forward Jared Jeffries had a career-high 15 points and seven
rebounds in his first start of the season for Washington. He
also drew a timely charge on Pierce in overtime.