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Wizards Vs. Celtics: Washington Competes, But Falls Late, 104-88

This wasn't an awful game for the Wizards. They were in the game late against the second-best team in the Eastern Conference. In the end, the Celtics handled business in a 104-88 win.

That said, they didn't exactly do anything to take control of the game late against a Celtics bunch that allowed Washington to hang around before finally slamming the door.

Rajon Rondo was a problem. He had 20 points and 14 assists while shooting a perfect 6 for 6 from the free throw line.

The Ted Leonsis Approved Big Three™ of John Wall, Andray Blatche and Jordan Crawford had 20, 20 and 19 points respectively, so that was nice although Wall and Crawford combined for 13 turnovers on their own. Fun fact: Blatche has the most double-doubles in the NBA so far this April (five).

There's not much else in the stat sheet to point to. The Celtics shot 50 percent from the field -- compared to 45 percent for the Wizards -- but they missed 12 of thier 13 three-point attempts. Kevin Garnet did his Kevin Garnett thing, scoring some key buckets, throwing down dunks and netting 15 points on 8 shots. Paul Pierce got 12 points at the free throw line to offset a 5-for-14 shooting night.

In the end, the Wizards just didn't have enough to pull out a win on the road. Next up, Atlanta at home on Saturday night.