Jordan Leads Wizards Past Celtics
Final Score: Washington 99, Boston 98 (OT)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Michael Jordan scored 25 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out seven assists, as the Washington Wizards knocked off the Boston Celtics, 99-98, in overtime at the FleetCenter. The Wizards snapped a four-game losing streak, while Boston has lost two straight.
Jerry Stackhouse had 24 points for the Wizards, who are two games behind idle Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Jordan was 10-of-22 from the floor in what might have been his last NBA game in Boston.
Paul Pierce scored a game-high 36 points, pulled down nine boards and handed out six assists for the Celtics, who are in the sixth spot in the East, one- game behind idle New Orleans.
Antoine Walker finished with just seven points on 3-of-16 shooting from the floor. He did grab nine rebounds and hand out a game-high 14 assists. Walter McCarty netted 23 points and was 5-for-10 from three-point range.
With the game tied 97-97 with 1:05 left in overtime, Walker drew a foul but was only able to connect on 1-of-2 from the stripe.
Christian Laettner made a 12-foot jumper from the baseline to give Washington a 99-98 lead with 57 seconds left.
Boston turned the ball over on its next possession, but the Wizards were unable to capitalize as Laettner missed a short jumper with 22 seconds left to give the Celtics one more chance to win or tie the game.
Eric Williams' last second shot from the top of the key hit off the rim to give Washington the victory.
Pierce and McCarty nailed back-to-back three's to give Boston an 80-74 lead with 9:07 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Wizards scored the next four points, as Stackhouse dropped in a layup and Bobby Simmons drained a baseline jumper to cut the deficit to 80-78 with 6:45 to go in the game.
Jordan drilled a 12-foot jumper with 3:30 left, as Washington pulled to within one at 85-84.
After Boston scored four of the next five points to pull ahead 89-85, Jordan knocked down consecutive jump shots to tie the game at 89-89 with 1:17 to play.
Williams made a pair of free throws to give Boston a two-point lead with 1:05 left to play, however, Jordan hit a fadeaway jumper from just inside the paint to knot the contest at 91-91 with 44 seconds remaining.
Tyronn Lue and Pierce were both unable to give their respective teams the lead on the final two possessions of regulation, as the contest went into overtime.
With the score tied 15-15 in the opening frame, McCarty made a short jumper from inside the paint and put in a two-handed dunk to give Boston a 19-15 advantage with just over two minutes to play.
The Celtics held a 26-23 lead after 12 minutes of play. Pierce led Boston with points, while Jordan paced the Wizards with 10.
The Wizards went on a 20-7 spurt, which included an 8-0 run, in the first eight minutes of the second frame to pull ahead 43-33. Stackhouse scored eight points during the burst and capped it with a baseline jumper from about 12- feet out.
Boston fought back, scoring 12 of the next 18 points to close out the half down by four, 49-45. Stackhouse had 16 points to lead Washington at the break, while Pierce netted 18 for the Celtics.
After falling behind 56-47 early in the third stanza, Pierce scored eight straight points to anchor a 10-5 surge by Boston to bring the Celtics back to within four, 61-57, with 6:38 to go in the frame.
Walker's first field goal of the contest finished off an 11-4 spurt, which pushed Boston ahead 68-65 with 1:42 left in the third. The Celtics carried a 71-69 lead into the fourth quarter.
After McCarty and Washington's Juan Dixon traded three-pointers, Simmons knocked down a 15-foot jump shot to knot the game at 74-74 with just over 10 minutes to play in the contest.
Laettner finished with 16 points and a game-high 15 boards.
Simmons had 15 points off the bench...Washington is 3-0 against Boston this season, which gives the Wizards their first season-series victory over the Celtics since 1996-97. The final game of the season between the two teams is on Wednesday in Washington...Walker was held scoreless in the first half, shooting 0-for-5 from the field...Boston was 12-of-30 from beyond the arc.
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