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Evan Turner scrambled to the corner for a desperation, overtime-forcing 3-pointer.Well, that was entertaining.
Evan Turner hit a desperation, second-chance 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, but couldn't connect with a chance to win the game in a second extra session as the Washington Wizards escaped with a 133-132 triumph over the Boston Celtics at the Verizon Center.
The Celtics rallied from 16 down at the start of the fourth quarter and forced the first extra session when a scrambling Turner got an offensive rebound and raced to the corner for the game-tying triple (give an assist to Jeff Green, whose hustle on the offensive glass helped Turner corral the ball).
Boston leaned hard on the bench unit that sparked the rally, but watched a seven-point lead evaporate in the final three minutes of each overtime session. Turner's pull-up jumper at the end of the game was too strong and Marcus Smart couldn't get off a putback while crashing the glass.
John Wall was the hero for Washington, converting an old-fashioned three-point play with 44 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Paul Pierce finished with a team-high 28 points for the Wizards, while Wall added 26 points and 17 assists.
• Free Basketball, Part I: Despite trailing by as much as 23 and 16 to start the fourth quarter, the Celtics rallied behind a bench unit helmed by Turner and Smart. Turner's straightaway 3-pointer with 3:27 to go pushed Boston out front by a point, but the Wizards recovered and were up 4 with 45 seconds to go. A missed free throw by old friend Kris Humphries came back to haunt Washington when Turner hit the game-tying 3.
• Free Basketball, Part II: Smart hit a 3-pointer to open the overtime session and Boston built a seven-point lead with 2:04 to go. The Wizards started attacking before Pierce drilled a straightaway 3-pointer with 38 seconds to play to tie the game at 121. Brandon Bass nearly won it on a breakout in the final seconds, but his layup kissed too strong off the window forcing a second overtime.
• Pierce's milestone: Pierce leapfrogged Reggie Miller while moving into 16th place on the NBA all-time leading scorer list. Pierce now sits at 25,300 points for his career. The next target is Alex English (25,613) and then old friend Kevin Garnett (25,740) as Pierce works his way towards the top 10.
• Loose balls: The Celtics stuck with the same 10-man rotation from the game before, meaning Phil Pressey, Gerald Wallace, and James Young were healthy DNPs. ... Rajon Rondo did not play again after checking out with 5:21 to play in the third quarter as Boston leaned heavy on the bench unit that sparked its rally. ... Kelly Olynyk fouled out in the second overtime. He finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds over 41:26. ... Smart finished with 23 points over 35 minutes and really spearheaded Boston's fourth-quarter rally.
• What it means: The Celtics fall to 7-12 and have their season-best three-game winning streak snapped. Washington moves to 14-6. Boston will take Tuesday off before visiting the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night to wrap up a brief two-game road trip.