Box Score Nuggets
Quote of the Night
Avery Bradley missed a critical 3-point attempt from the right corner with 65 seconds remaining in Sunday’s tilt with the Washington Wizards.
He wasn’t going to miss the second.
Just 28 seconds after his first attempt from the right corner rimmed out, Bradley splashed home the second.
Bradley caught a pass from Jeff Green, and without a moment of hesitation, tossed up another attempt from nearly the exact same location as his previous miss. This one fell through the net and gave Boston a 97-93 lead over the Wizards with 37.0 seconds remaining.
That 3-pointer was a game-changer. Prior to Bradley’s make, this contest felt like another one that was going to slide out of Boston’s grip during the fourth quarter. It had led Washington by 18 points heading into the final frame. Had Bradley missed again, the Wizards would have had an opportunity to take their first lead of the game.
“I think Avery’s three kind of deflated them a little bit,” Jeff Green said after the game. “It was a big time shot.”
A game-sealing shot, to be precise. Bradley’s shot spurred a 7-0 run to close the game and gave Boston its third consecutive victory.
Mr. Triple Double, who typically is referred to as Rajon Rondo, made an appearance Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. This was his second appearance of the season, and the 31st appearance of his career.
Rondo was fantastic all afternoon while leading the Celtics to a victory over the East’s second-best team. He tallied 13 points to go along with team highs of 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
Sunday’s contest was a statistical duel between two All-Star point guards. Rondo notched a triple-double, but John Wall wasn’t far behind him. Wall finished with 17 points, a game-high 14 assists and eight rebounds. Both players also logged three steals on the afternoon.
As the final score indicates, Rondo’s stat-stuffing ways played much more of a role in the final result than Wall’s. Boston’s point guard also finished with a higher assist-to-turnover ratio (2.75-to-1) than Washington’s (2.33-to-1).
Box Score Nuggets
- The Celtics led from start to finish, at one time opening up a 25-point advantage.
- Boston scored 24 points during three of the game's four quarters.
- Rasual Butler came off the bench to lead Washington in scoring with 22 points.
- Butler shot 6-of-10 from 3-point range.
- Jared Sullinger notched a clean double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
- Neither team shot better than 36.6 percent from the field.
- Washington scored only 28 points in the paint.
- Rajon Rondo notched a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
- Washington's scoring increased in every quarter (15 in the first, 21 in the second, 23 in the third and 34 in the fourth).
- The Celtics logged 21 fast break points on the afternoon.
- Jeff Green scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed a game-high four steals.
- Kris Humphries grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
- John Wall committed a game-high six turnovers.
- Wall also dished out a game-high 14 assists to go along with 17 points and eight rebounds.
- Six Wizards blocked a shot, and Wall blocked a game-best three.
- Marcus Thornton scored 21 points off of the bench for Boston. He shot 7-of-12 from the field, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and made all four of his free throws.
- Washington's starters combined to commit 16 turnovers, while Boston's starters committed only eight.
Quote of the Night
I’m thinking, ‘What the hell... let it fly.'
Brad Stevens on what he was thinking when Avery Bradley caught a pass in the right corner and fired up a 3 with 37.0 seconds left.