Ford Keys to the Game: Wizards 94, Celtics 100 (OT)
Wizards 94, Celtics 100 (OT)
Brandon Bass’ minutes were sporadic Wednesday night, and so was his performance. That didn’t prevent him from being ready when Doc Rivers called his number down the stretch of Boston’s 100-94 overtime win over Washington.
Bass played all five minutes of overtime and scored five critical points in succession during that time. His first point came on a free throw and gave the Celtics a 93-92 lead with 2:21 remaining in the extra session. Bass then drove to the rack on Boston’s next possession and put home a layup to give his team a three-point lead with less than two minutes left on the clock.
All three of those points came to fruition because of Bass’ aggressiveness. He was clearly in attack mode. Bass put his head down and bullied his way to the basket on each possession, drawing a foul on one and getting off a clean shot on the other.
The final bucket of Bass’ night was slightly more entertaining. After Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and company forced a miss from Chris Singleton, Rajon Rondo threw a pass ahead of the pack to Bass, who was streaking to the other end all by himself. He threw down a nice dunk to put the C’s on top 97-92 with 37 seconds left in the game.
Bass’ first three points gave Boston a lead that they would never relinquish and his final basket of the night put the win on the rocks. He may not have played a major role during regulation, but Bass led the Celtics to victory in overtime.
Key Box Score Line
If the Washington Wizards didn’t know Kevin Garnett meant business before Wednesday night’s tip off, they definitely knew by the end of the first quarter.
Garnett displayed more energy in Wednesday night’s first quarter than we’ve seen from him all season. He dominated the glass during that frame by grabbing nine rebounds all by himself. That number was just two less than the entire Wizards team hauled in during the quarter. He also scored two points and dished out an assist in the frame.
Quarter No. 1 was dedicated to his rebounding, and the rest of his game was dedicated to everything else. Garnett had accumulated game highs of 20 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks to go along with two assists and one steal.
This Garnett was much different than the one Washington saw on Saturday. The Wizards found that out in a hurry.
Box Score Nuggets
- There were 14 lead changes and 13 ties in the game.
- Three Celtics (Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce) finished with double-doubles, while not a single Wizards player recorded one.
- Garnett led the game in points (20), rebounds (13) and blocks (two).
- Neither team shot better than 42 percent from the floor.
- Jason Terry (16 points) and Brandon Bass (11 points, seven rebounds) led a solid performance by Boston's bench.
- Boston attempted 34 free throws to Washington's seven.
- Both teams grabbed 44 rebounds.
- Washington committed 20 turnovers that led to 25 points for Boston.
- Rajon Rondo dished out a game-high 14 assists and also scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
- The Wizards took 14 more shots than the Celtics did but scored six less points.
- Each team had five players score in double-figures.
- Rondo logged 44 minutes of playing time, while no Wizards player logged more than 38:19.
- Pierce finished the game with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
- Pierce shot 10-of-12 from the free-throw line, attempting five more free throws than the entire Wizards team.
- Chris Wilcox scored six points and grabbed two rebounds in just four minutes of action.
Quote of the Night
Doc Rivers on Jason Terry: "I thought he was terrific. And you know it’s funny, we left Jason in because he was playing great defense. That may be the first (time) in his career that’s ever been said about Jason Terry."