Celtics 104, Wizards 102

Arenas Misses Key Free Throws In Loss

December 11, 2009|By AP

WASHINGTON - -Rajon Rondo's driving dunk with a minute remaining broke a tie and led the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics to their ninth straight victory, 104-102, over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.

Rondo had 21 points and 11 assists, and Ray Allen had 18 points and became the 32nd NBA player to score 20,000. Kevin Garnett had 17 points, and Kendrick Perkins added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Gilbert Arenas led Washington with 25 points but missed a pair of free throws with 26.7 seconds to play. Arenas missed five of his six free throws.

After Paul Pierce hit one of two free throws to make it 101-98, Arenas hit a layup with 17 seconds to make it 101-100. Allen hit two free throws with 14.6 left for a 103-100 lead. Arenas and Randy Foye missed 3-point attempts in the final seconds.

The Wizards, who have lost three straight, made 10 of their first 15 shots to take a 26-19 lead with 3:43 to play in the first quarter. Washington missed its last seven shots of the quarter as the Celtics started a 21-6 run to take a 40-32 lead with 8:17 to play in second quarter.

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