Pierce's late 3 lifts Celtics over Wizards 89-86

Pierce's late 3 lifts Celtics over Wizards 89-86
November 3, 2012, 9:37 pm
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Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, center, battles for the ball against Washington Wizards guard Jannero Pargo, left, and Kevin Seraphin, right, of France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


WASHINGTON (AP) Paul Pierce scored 27 points and the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 89-86 on Saturday for their first victory.

A night after what their coach called a ``flat game,'' the Celtics held the Wizards to 1-for-14 shooting at the start, then were barely better at the end.

Washington's only scoring in the first 8 minutes came on Kevin Garnett's goaltending call, and Pierce hit a key 3 down the stretch to help Boston improve to 1-2.

Washington dropped to 0-2 after its home opener in front of a sellout crowd of 20,308 that occasionally included folks chanting ``Let's go, Celtics!'' Washington is still without two starters: point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, and center Nene.