Wednesday , Apr , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Celtics welcome Wizards to Beantown

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics are still in the playoff hunt and will
host the Washington Wizards tonight at TD Banknorth Garden.

The Celtics just ended a three-game road trip at 2-1, including a 124-120
victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre.

Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak both scored 22 points, while Raef LaFrentz
added 20 and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who are 3 1/2 games behind
Philadelphia for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Boston, which will travel to Philadelphia on Friday, is 4-4 in its last eight
home games and 20-16 as the host this season.

Meanwhile, the Wizards ended a two-game losing streak with Tuesday’s 105-90
win over the New York Knicks at the Verizon Center.

Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison both scored 18 points in the win for
Washington, which has a 1 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee for fifth place in the
Eastern Conference.

Etan Thomas, Jared Jeffries and Gilbert Arenas had 13 points apiece in the
triumph — Washington’s third in five games.

After the Wizards visit Boston, they will take on Atlanta at Philips Arena.

Washington is 2-3 in its last five road games and 13-22 away from the Verizon
Center this season.

Wednesday’s game between Washington and Boston is the fourth and final meeting
of the season. The Wizards have a 2-1 advantage this season, but Boston has
won four of the last six matchups.

The Wizards have lost eight of their last 11 trips to Beantown.