Game Recap: Wizards 86 - Celtics 89



The Wizards made a valiant comeback, but Martell Webster’s last second shot attempt came up short and they fell, 89-86, in the home opener on Saturday night at Verizon Center.

After a slow start (trailed 26-12 after first quarter), the Wizards responded with 30 points in the second and went into the half only down by seven (49-42). The team went down double figures again in the second half, but the second unit came up big and brought the team back within striking distance. Jannero Pargo tied the game at 84 with a clutch 3 pointer with three minutes left in the game, but offense would be tough to come by after that. Both teams made stop after stop and had opportunities to win as the Wizards would make their final stop with 4.5 seconds left. The team trailed by one, 87-86, and had a chance for the game-winner but Martell Webster’s tough shot from the corner came up empty and the Celtics would go on to win 89-86.

Jordan Crawford sparked the second half comeback and led the team with 21 points. Kevin Seraphin returned from his calf injury and added 19 points on 8-9 shooting. Trevor Booker rebounded from his tough game on Tuesday night with a double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Next, the Wizards play these same Celtics again in a rematch in Boston on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Jordan Crawford
Points: 21
Assists: 3
Steals: 0

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Points: Jordan Crawford - 21
Rebounds: Trevor Booker - 10
Assists: 3 Tied - 4
Blocks: 4 Tied - 1
Steals: A.J Price and Jan Vesely - 2

Beal on his performance tonight:

“I think my defense was pretty solid. Offense I just wasn’t involved really. I wasn’t asserting myself. I wasn’t being aggressive. It’s upon me. It’s nobody else’s fault. I have to be responsible for it. I have to basically just step up."

On the Wizards’ teamwork:

“My teammates stepped up for me. Like I always say it’s not just me out there. I’m not just supposed to be the one carrying the scoring load. It’s me and 14 other guys, so those other 14 really stepped up.”

Beal on the team’s overall performance:

“Every team is vulnerable at some point. We came out to a terrible start. Down the stretch we didn’t execute as well as we wanted to. But we were right there. We battled hard. We fought hard. It just shows that we’re competitive. We don’t give up. No matter who it’s against we’re going to fight hard.”
Wittman on the Wizards bench:

“Our bench gave us a big lift. Our bench came in that second quarter and saved the day for us. That’s what we’re capable of doing with different guys.”

Wittman the second-half defense:

“I thought our defense was outstanding in the second half. It was as good as we’ve played thus far defensively on a consistent basis.”
Booker on game:

“We had to fight our way too far back and we didn’t execute down the stretch. We played great defense in the fourth quarter we just didn’t execute on offense.”

On team cohesion:

“I mean we are definitely still trying to feel each other out but we aren’t executing and we are making mental errors.”
Crawford on the second and third quarter run:

“Just being aggressive, tying to loosen up the defense and take what they give us.”

Reflections on tough starts:

“I mean that’s what happens. When we are down we have to fight back and we have to learn from this and go on with it.”
Seraphin on his comeback:

“It felt great. I just came back. I just played hard, played my game on the rebound, on defense on everything.”

On battling with Kevin Garnett in the last few possessions:

“He put some pressure on me. That’s something I have to learn, I have to learn from it. He put some pressure on me, I tried to pass the ball and I lost it. It’s just something I have to work on from some experience.”