Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/3/12
Paul Pierce scored 27 points, Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 12 assists and the Boston Celtics finally found their way to victory by outlasting the Washington Wizards 89-86 on Saturday. Kevin Garnett finished with 15 points for the Celtics (1-2), who avoided a second straight 0-3 start to the season. Several times Boston appeared in control with double-digit leads, including a 10-point advantage midway through the fourth quarter, only to see the undermanned Wizards claw back, led by their bench. Jordan Crawford paced the Wizards (0-2) with 21 points and Kevin Seraphin scored 19, including a mid-range jumper that gave the Wizards their first lead at 86-84 with 2:56 remaining. On the next possession, Pierce put Boston back on top for good with a 3-pointer, his fourth of the game. The Wizards faltered late offensively, turning the ball over on consecutive possessions inside the final minute. Boston had its own issues, missing its last three shots from the field, including Garnett'...
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