Celtics Vs. Wizards: John Wall Leads Come From Behind 85-83 Victory

John Wall had six points in the final 2:30 of action as a late comeback sealed the win at Verizon Center. Rashard Lewis had 18 points and Wall and McGee each had 16 in the win.

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Celtics Vs. Wizards: John Wall Is Clutch Down The Stretch In Late Victory

The Washington Wizards didn't lead tonight until there was only 2:30 left in the game. But this isn't NASCAR. Leading the most laps will earn you no points in the NBA. It only matters who has the lead when the clock strikes zero. Tonight, that would be the Wizards.

The lead at 2:30 came on a layup from John Wall as the rookie point guard was able to drive the length of the floor to take charge. On the very next possession, Wall kept the ball for himself once again, banking in a three-pointer to give the Wizards an 84-81 lead with under a minute to play. The Boston Celtics were never able to take the lead back after that point. Despite leading for the first 45 minutes of the game, the Celtics were defeated.

The ending may have been all Wall, but Rashard Lewis led all scorers tonight with 18 points, and also chipped in 11 rebounds, playing often from a power forward position. Wall and JaVale McGee each added 16 points in the win. In his first game as a Wizard and first action in the NBA, Mustafa Shakur had five points, all in the first half, in 10 minutes on the floor.

All four of Boston's top players scored in double-digits in the loss, including 17 points for Kevin Garnett, 16 for Ray Allen, 13 for Rajon Rondo, and 12 for Paul Pierce.

Rondo also had nine assists, outshining Wall's four on the stat sheet. But it was Wall's leadership down the stretch that made the difference tonight. This could be considered a landmark win for the Wizards, and its not one they'll forget quickly.

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Celtics Vs. Wizards: Boston Leads By 10 While Dominating In D.C.

Fans of the Boston Celtics have taken over the seats at Verizon Center, and now the players have taken over the court as well.

Much of this game hasn't been as close as the score. The Celtics even removed many of their players to start the second quarter as their lead had already blossomed to 15. The Washington Wizards did manage to cut the lead to just six points at one instance in the second quarter, but Boston continues to be the much better team, and leads by 10 points at halftime.

The Celtics' big stars have all made their presence felt in the opening 24 minutes of action. Kevin Garnett has 11 points, Ray Allen has 10, and Paul Pierce has nine. Point guard Rajon Rondo, matched up against John Wall for much of the half, has nine points and seven assists. Washington forward Rashard Lewis leads all scorers with 12 points.

Wizards newcomer Mustafa Shakur, signed today to a 10-day contract and arriving in Washington just three hours prior to tip-off, entered the game for his first time ever in the NBA with 4:26 remaining in the first quarter. Due to Kirk Hinrich's injury last night and Wall picking up two early fouls, Shakur could see significant minutes tonight. He was held his on so far, and even looked occasionally impressive.

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Celtics Vs. Wizards: Washington Hopes To Bounce Back At Home After Last Night's Loss

The Washington Wizards can't be happy about their loss at home in the Verizon Center last night to the Phoenix Suns. That loss snapped the team's prior four-game home winning streak, and apparently the Wizards are going to have to win every game they play at Verizon Center this year in order to go .500. The team remains winless on the road.

Fortunately for the Wizards, they have a chance to get back on track at home just 24 hours later against the Boston Celtics, who have lost just nine games this season, and are currently on a five-game winning streak. And one night after facing veteran point guard Steve Nash, John Wall will be matched up against yet another one of the top point guards in the league in Rajon Rondo.

Wall will get some help tonight from a new face. Mustafa Shakur has been called up from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League, according to Scott Schroeder of FanHouse. Shakur is a 6-foot-3 point guard who will be filling in for Kirk Hinrich on a 10-day contract. Shakur has played previously in Poland, Spain and Greece.

Hinrich injured his elbow in the loss last night and will get an MRI in the next few days.

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