Saturday , Jan , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – January 1

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – January 1 ===

(Sports Network) – Paul Pierce scored 26 points and hit the go- ahead free
throw in the final minute, as the Boston Celtics defeated the Washington
Wizards, 108-103, at FleetCenter.

Gary Payton collected 18 points and six rebounds for Boston, which snapped a
three-game losing streak. Ricky Davis netted 15 points and Raef LaFrentz
chipped in 12 points and six boards for the Celtics.

Anthony Peeler’s three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter staked
Washington to a 92-87 advantage. The Celtics, though, responded with a 12-3
spurt, capped by Pierce’s three-point shot, to regain the lead by four with
three minutes left.

The Wizards then battled back and took a 100-99 lead on Antawn Jamison’s
three- pointer with two minutes remaining.

After Boston received baskets from Mark Blount and Payton to take a 103-100
advantage, Larry Hughes drained a three-pointer to tie it with 57.8 seconds
left.

Pierce was then fouled and made 1-of-2 free throws with 34.5 seconds remaining
to make it 104-103 in favor of the Celtics.

On the next possession for the Washington, Hughes missed a jumper and the ball
later went out of bounds off the Wizards’ Jarvis Hayes. Jiri Welsch was then
fouled with 11.5 seconds left and proceeded to make both attempts from the
stripe to put Boston ahead by three.

The Wizards had a chance to tie, but Jamison missed an open three-point shot
from the corner. The Celtics got the rebound and Davis was fouled. He sank
both free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining to seal it.

Boston returns to action on Sunday when it visits the Detroit Pistons at the
Palace of Auburn Hills, where it has lost 12 of 15.

BOS