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The Wizards showed a lot of courage on Wednesday night in Boston as they battled back from a fourth quarter deficit to send the game into overtime. But the team eventually ran out of gas and they fell 100-94 to the Celtics at TD Garden.

The Celtics got off to another strong start and had the Wizards down early, but once again the Wizards second unit brought the team back and this time gave them a five point halftime lead (42-37).

After the third quarter went back and forth, the Celtics would build up an eight point lead heading into the final frame. The Celtics led for nearly the entire fourth quarter, but the Wizards would not give up and Bradley Beal's three-pointer with three minutes left gave the Wizards a one point lead. After the Celtics regained the lead, the Wizards found themselves down two with just seconds remaining. That was when Chris Singleton stepped up and went to the hole hard for an emphatic slam over Kevin Garnett to tie the game and send it into overtime. But, the overtime period was unkind to the Wizards and a combination of turnovers and missed shots led to their demise.

Kevin Seraphin, Bradley Beal, and Martell Webster all scored 16 points to lead the team. A.J. Price added 15 points and seven assists, while Chris Singleton came off the bench to put in 14 of his own.

Next, the Wizards host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night at Verizon Center.


Trevor Booker
Points: 6
Assists: 4
Blocks: 0

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Points: K. Seraphin, B. Beal, M. Webster - 16
Rebounds: Seraphin - 9
Assists: A.J. Price - 7
Blocks: Emeka Okafor - 2
Steals: Chris Singleton - 3

Beal on Celtics:

“We know they're vulnerable. We know that they are an aggressive team but they are a lot older then we are, so we are going to try and wear them down. They have a decent bench and their bench comes in and gives them immediate scoring, everybody has the green light. So our plan is basically to wear them down and keep pushing the ball in transition and make sure our pick and roll defense is what it needs to be, especially on Paul Pierce.”

On staying poised as young players:

“We have vets on our team, so they take leadership and making sure we are all on the same page. Everybody is focused and ready when practice time comes. Come game night whatever coach draws on the board, I think everybody does a great job focusing in and doing what we need to do. We know the Celtics are a great team and we know that we have the potential to be a great team as well, so we are not going to back down from anybody we are just going to keep competing.”
Seraphin on Fighting Back:

“Everybody made a good effort. We fight…that’s a good team out there. Now just to move on to the next one. It is tough, but that’s the sport. We just have to move on to the next game and try to get the win.

Seraphin on Double Teams:

“Of course. When they start to double team you that’s respect because they know you can do something. They come to double team you, now you have to make your teammates better, and that’s what I do.”
Wittman on game:

“It’s a learning process, taking care of the ball, execution, making plays down the stretch. It’s disappointing because we lost, but a lot of good things. JC tried to play. He did what he could when he wasn’t 100% and I appreciate that. Guys came in off the bench and gave us a spark and you know, I thought we had a lot of good looks, and we are not making shots right now, especially at the start of games."

On Beal:

“It’s important for our team to have. This isn’t about individuals, it’s about guys learning how to play and Bradley’s part of that. Kevin’s part of that. A lot of guys are in that spot, but Bradley came out aggressive tonight. This is probably the best game he’s played so far. He made quick decisions and had a lot of good looks that didn’t go in. As long as you are getting good looks and taking good shots, that’s all you can ask for.