Tonight, the Celtics got just what the doctor ordered—an easy 114-83 win and extra rest for the starters.
With John Wall out for the second consecutive game with a sprained left foot, Boston had a field day against an ailing Washington team.
The game was really only a game for most of the first half.
The team in green could not miss out their tonight as he shot 65.8% from the field and 61.5% from beyond the arc. Compare that to the Washington’s 38.8% and 27.3%.
Paul Pierce scored a game high 23 points on 10-16 shooting from the field and Kevin Garnett contributed with 18 points, connecting on 9-11 attempts.
Rajon Rondo totaled 12 points and 13 assists while playing only 30:14 (far and away his lowest playing time of the season). No other started played more than KG’s 27:16.
Delonte West netted 12 points, pulled down 5 boards, and dealt out 4 dimes in his first game back from a ten-game suspension. His impact was immediate and he certainly provided some relief for Boston’s backcourt.
For the Wizards, Nick Young led the way with 20 points on 9-15 shooting. Al Thornton added 15 points in Washington’s losing effort.
In the opening period, Pierce scored 12 points and Shaquille O’Neal tallied 9 points in only just over 7 minutes of playing time. The Big Shamrock received a standing ovation as he exited the game.
The Celtics scored 33 points in the first quarter, and 27 more in the second frame to take a 60-44 lead into the break. From there it only got worse for the Wizards, who failed to hold Boston’s scoring effort to under 25 points in any of the four quarters. Against the tail end of Boston’s bench, Washington was only able to scrounge up 14 points in the final twelve minutes of play.
With the win, the Celtics improve to 9-2 on the season and Washington drops to 3-7. Boston plays again Friday night, in a rematch against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game tips at 7 PM.