Celtics top Wizards in Garnett, Pierce’s return

BOSTON —- What was great news for the Celtics ended up being terrible news for the Wizards.

The Celtics welcomed back both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett Sunday at the TD Garden, and Boston took care of Washington easily, 107-96.

It was Garnett’s first game back with the team since a March 22nd loss to the Dallas Mavericks, after dealing with inflammation in his foot. Pierce has been dealing with a sprained ankle.

Garnett finished with 12 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes, while Pierce added 15 points and four rebounds in 30 minutes.

But while getting Garnett back was great news, it was the play of his backups – Shavlik Randolph and Chris Wilcox – that really helped out Boston. Randolph finished with eight points and seven rebounds and Wilcox, 13 points and five rebounds.

Unlike on Friday, the Celtics opened things up in the second half with a 31-19 third quarter to take an 87-71 lead into the fourth quarter that they wouldn’t give up.

Brandon Bass was solid for Boston, finishing with 20 points on 9-12 shooting.

The Wizards were led by John Wall, who finished with 16 points and 10 assists. Trevor Ariza added 15 points off the bench.

What they’ll be saying: The focus after the game will be on the guys in the paint. It was good to see Kevin Garnett back in uniform barking out orders on the court. Was this one of his better games? No. But it’s necessary for him to return around this time and get back into game-flow before the postseason. Boston will go as far as he takes them, but he’ll also need help from his backups – who showed up to play tonight. Perhaps Randolph’s emergence is the type of push Wilcox needs to step up – and step up more consistently – for the rest of the way. But playing next to Garnett certainly has something to do with it, too.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Boston Strong: One year on from Boston Marathon…

  For more than a century the Boston Marathon has been an even centred around sportsmanship, endurance and athleticism, but there's no denying the face…

Local

Hillary Clinton headed to Boston for women's leadership…

Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to visit Massachusetts Wednesday amid continuing speculation about making another bid for the presidency in 2016.

Local

Boston Marathon: Marathoners ready to run, honor victims

Scores of runners will cross the Boston Marathon starting line in Hopkinton Monday and embark on a 26.2-mile journey to Boston in honor of the victims.

Local

MIT student, Rhodes scholar, dies

Eliana Hechter, a student at MIT and Harvard, died, her family said. The announcement was posted on MIT's website.

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox walk off with…

Red Sox pick up first walk off win of 2014

MLB

Red Sox and Orioles meet Monday morning at…

Red Sox and Orioles meet Monday morning at 11 a.m.

NHL

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings…

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings in Game 2

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.