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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.