Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Wednesday, November 17th
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Celtics114
Game 2: Saturday, January 22nd
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Wizards85
Game 3: Friday, April 8th
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Celtics104
Game 4: Monday, April 11th
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OT
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Wizards 88

(21-58, 3-37 away)

Celtics 104

(55-24, 32-8 home)

    Coverage: CSNN

    7:30 PM ET, April 8, 2011

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 23 33 19 1388
    BOS 28 31 24 21104

    Top Performers

    WSH: J. Wall 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 7 Ast, 5 Stl

    Bos: R. Rondo 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 14 Ast, 6 Stl, 1 Blk

    Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce all have double-doubles in Celts' win

    Associated Press

    BOSTON -- Boston coach Doc Rivers wasn't hiding it. He hopes his team shows up ready Sunday to play a key game.

    Rajon Rondo had 20 points and 14 assists to lead the Celtics to a 104-88 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night, setting up a showdown with Miami for the Eastern Conference's second spot.

    "We control our own destiny for the second seed now," Rivers said. "We've got to win our next two games."

    But when he was asked if he was concerned with how his team would play, he didn't hesitate.

    "Yes," he said. "If we had taken care of business this would have been decided. When we play well, we can beat anybody. When we play poorly, we can get beat by anybody. We'll see. Logically, yes, but hopefully."

    Paul Pierce (22 points and 12 rebounds) and Kevin Garnett (15 and 11) also had double-doubles for Boston, which remains tied with Miami after the Heat, who host the Celtics on Sunday, beat Charlotte 112-103.

    Ray Allen had 13 points, but was just 1-for-6 from 3-point range.

    The Celtics never trailed and had a fairly easy time as both teams hardly dug-in defensively for most of the first three quarters.

    "We're trying to push for the second seed. It's a good win," Pierce said. "We've kind of struggled in the second end of back-to-backs."

    Boston was coming off a 97-81 loss at Chicago on Thursday.

    Andray Blatche led the Wizards with 20 points and 10 rebounds, John Wall scored 20 and Jordan Crawford 19.

    Rondo had as many assists as the Wizards.

    "One thing they don't do is give you many fastbreak points," Washington coach Flip Saunders said of Boston's defense. "They're one of the worst teams at offensive rebounding because when the ball goes up, they send people back. They'd rather give you the defensive rebound and not give up the open floor opportunities."

    Boston, which shot 59 percent and led by three at the half, scored the first seven points of the third quarter to open a double-digit lead, 66-56, on Garnett's three-point play.

    Most of the lead was due to Rondo controlling the tempo.

    "He does a great job of getting into the paint and holding onto the ball," Wall said. "He's got trust in his teammates."

    Pierce agreed.

    "When he pushes the ball, that makes us better," he said.

    Garnett, trailing on a fastbreak, was grabbed as he went up for a shot. The ball fell through as he was falling to the floor, and Garnett then pounded his chest while lying on the floor, bringing loud cheers from a relatively listless crowd. The Celtics pushed it to 79-67 on Rondo's spinning drive in the lane, but Washington scored the next seven points.

    The Celtics led 83-75 after three quarters.

    Washington did close it to 87-83 on Crawford's break-away dunk with a little over 7 minutes to play, but Rondo, Allen and Pierce followed with baskets to push Boston up by 10 with 3 1/2 minutes left.

    Boston then tightened up defensively and the Wizards never threatened the rest of the way.

    Boston started the game quickly, opening a 12-point lead midway into the opening quarter before the Wizards closed it to 28-23 after one.

    The Celtics had opened a nine-point edge on Pierce's free throw early in the second, but the Wizards whittled it to 59-56 at halftime.

    Game notes


    Boston F-C Jermaine O'Neal was given the night off to rest with the team playing four games in five days. He played the last five after missing 36 due to a sore left knee. ... Boston G Delonte West was whistled for a pair of technicals by referee Josh Tiven and ejected in the second quarter. "I've got a feeling he said the right thing," Rivers said. ... Blatche averaged 27.5 points and 14 rebounds in his previous four games. ... The Wizards fell to 0-9 on the road against Atlantic Division teams, but they are 7-1 at home.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    WSH
    BOS
    Points 88 104
    FGM-FGA 35-77 (.455) 36-71 (.507)
    3PM-3PA 1-7 (.143) 1-12 (.083)
    FTM-FTA 17-26 (.654) 31-35 (.886)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-38 8-38
    Assists 14 25
    Turnovers 21 17
    Steals 10 12
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 12 25
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (2/0) 17 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 0 19

    Top Performers

    Washington
    Boston
    John Wall Wall
    Points: 20
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0
    Rajon Rondo Rondo
    Points: 20
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 14
    Stl: 6
    Blk: 1