Guard Von Wafer scored 11 points, but practically blew the game for Boston.Celtics reserve guard Delonte West tallied 11 points, five rebounds, and five assists before spraining his right ankle early in the 2nd half.
For Washington, point guard and rookie sensation John Wall dropped a game-high 24 and nine rebounds. He connected on 14-15 attempts from the free throw line. Guard Jordan Crawford, forward Andray Blatche, and center JaVale McGee scored 17, 16, and 13 respectively.
In the 3rd quarter, West and McGee got tangled up and Boston's third guard went down again reaching for his right ankle. He was taken into the locker room by trainer Ed Lacerte.
Down the stretch, the Wizards played some impressive basketball. A combination of their successes and Von Wafer's mighty struggles forced the game into overtime. Wafer missed a free throw late in regulation, gave up the game-tying shot, and missed a wide-open dunk in overtime.
Crawford drained a three-pointer with 28.8 seconds to go to put Washington ahead 85-82. O'Neal tipped in a Wafer miss, but after Boston got the ball back Arroyo missed a jumper with 2.9 left to leave Boston just short of victory.