Tuesday , Mar , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards welcome Celtics to Verizon Center

(Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards will try for their second straight
win tonight when they close out a brief two-game homestand against the Boston
Celtics at the newly-named Verizon Center.

Currently seeded sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Wizards
ended a three-game losing streak with a 117-107 victory over the Sacramento
Kings on Sunday. Antawn Jamison scored 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds,
while Gilbert Arenas contributed 23 point.

Arenas leads the Wizards in scoring with 28.8 points per game. He has been on
fire as of late, averaging 33.4 points over his last five contests. Arenas and
Jamison also have been invited to compete for a spot on the 2006 World
Championships and 2008 Olympic team for the United States.

After Tuesday’s home game versus the Boston Celtics, Washington will travel to
Miami before returning home for a game against the Detroit Pistons.

The Wizards are 10-1 in their last 11 home games and own a 21-10 record as the
host this season.

Boston, meanwhile, has dropped two of its last three games and will close out
a small two-game road trip in DC.

On Sunday, the Celtics suffered a 111-105 loss to the Toronto Raptors at the
Air Canada Centre. Paul Pierce had 33 points and seven rebounds in the loss,
and is averaging 34.3 points over his last 12 contests.

Boston is 3-9 in its last 12 road games and 7-22 away from TD Banknorth Garden
this season.

In the season series with the Wizards, Boston is down 0-2 after dropping a
103-102 decision in Washington on January 7 and an 89-87 contest at home on
January 25.

Washington has won four of the last seven meetings.