Sunday , Jan , 28 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Celtics welcome Wizards to Beantown

(Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards take on the struggling Boston
Celtics this evening at TD Banknorth Garden.

Washington has won five of its last six games and owns a three-game lead over
the Orlando Magic in the Southeast Division. The Wizards posted a 99-96 win
over the Detroit Pistons on Friday at The Palace of Auburn Hills, as Antawn
Jamison scored a season-high 35 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead
the way.

Gilbert Arenas had 25 points, 10 assists and six boards, while Brendan Haywood
added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who are 8-13 as the visitor
this season.

The Celtics, meanwhile, have dropped 10 in a row, including Friday’s 96-90
loss to the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.

Al Jefferson recorded his 19th double-double with 20 points and 10 boards and
Allan Ray chipped in 17 points off the bench for the Celtics, who have lost 17
of their last 19 games.

Boston’s franchise-record losing streak was a 13-game slide during the 1996-97
campaign. It is also 2-16 without star forward Paul Pierce in the lineup.
Pierce has been out with a foot injury.

Celtics forward Wally Szczerbiak (sprained right ankle) is doubtful versus the

Sunday’s showdown between Washington and Boston is the third and final meeting
of the regular season. The Wizards have won the first two meetings this
season, three straight and five of the last six matchups.

Washington has won two straight after losing its last four in Beantown.