Celtics top Wizards for first win

The Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 89-86 on Saturday night, recording the team’s first win of the season.

The Celtics raced out to a 26-12 lead after the first quarter, but Washington battled back, even taking a one point lead with just under three minutes left in the game.  But Paul Pierce, who scored 27 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists, hit a three with 2:35 remaining to give Boston an 87-86  lead they would never relinquish.

From there, the Celtics did not allow the Wizards to score again, forcing four missed shots and two turnovers on Washington’s last six possessions, according to the Boston Herald.

Point guard Rajon Rondo added 12 points and 12 assists for the Celtics, while Kevin Garnett scored 15.  Shooting guard Jordan Crawford paced Washington with 21 points.

Following the game, Rondo praised his team’s defensive effort, telling the Associated Press, “Our defense put us in the situation to get where we were at. We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight . . . We can’t control that, but what we can control is our effort on the defensive end and we did that tonight.”

Boston will return home to play Washington again on Wednesday.