Boston Celtics defeat Washington Wizards, 104-102

WASHINGTON - The Celtics found themselves having to heed their own warning.

Before the season, coach Doc Rivers figured that if there was a team everyone was forgetting about in the Eastern Conference, it was Washington.

So far, the Wizards had given the league every reason to look away. They were a disappointing 7-12 entering last night and their new coach, Flip Saunders, had gone so far back to the basics that he was reteaching how to set screens.

The Celtics st...

Good guys can finish first, indeed. Ray Allen needs 14 points to reach 20,000 and could get them tonight in Washington against the Wizards. Allen would become the 37th player to reach that milestone in a career that has had its share of adversity.

Three seasons ago, Allen had surgeries to remove bone spurs from both ankles. It seems that Allen, who follows a strict diet and played at a lighter weight in his ninth season than in his rookie year, had encountered his downf...

Rajon Rondo's driving dunk with a minute remaining broke a tie and led the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics to their ninth straight victory, 104-102 over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.

Rondo had 21 points and 11 assists, and Ray Allen had 18 and became the 32nd NBA player to score 20,000 points. Kevin Garnett had 17 points, and Kendrick Perkins added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Gilbert Arenas led Washington with 25 points, but missed a pair of free...