The Washington Wizards had five players with 14 points or more, including backups Kevin Seraphin, Chris Singleton and Martell Webster and forced overtime against the homestanding Boston Celtics before running out of gas in the extra frame — outscored 12-6 — to fall to 0-3 for the season after a 100-94 loss to the Celtics before 18,624 at TD Garden in Boston.
The Celtics (2-2) were paced by 20 points from Kevin Garnett, while Rajon Rondo added 18 and Paul Pierce chipped in with 15 points.
The Wizards, who have been badly outrebounded thus far this season, matched Boston on the boards as each team pulled down 44 total rebounds. The Wizards were led by Serpahin, with nine boards.
A.J. Price found Seraphin alone in the lane to tie the game at 80 with 3:35 remaining in the fourth quarter to complete a 13-5 run late to make a game of it. Rondo hit a jumper from the top of the key with 26.4 saeconds left in the game to move the Celtics ahead by two points. But Singleton drove the lane and slammed it down with two hands with just 9.4 left on the clock to push the game into extra time.
But Brandon Bass scored five of his 11 points in the extra frame for Boston to secure the victory on their home court. The Wizards shot just 3-for-10 in overtime.
“It’s a learning process, taking care of the ball, execution, making plays down the stretch,” said Wizards head coach Randy Wittman after the game. “It’s disappointing because we lost, but we did a lot of good things.”
Wizards rookie Bradley Beal had his best game as a pro, scoring 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting overall (3-of-8 from 3PT) with three assists and four rebounds, all career highs thus far. He, along with Price, Serpahin, Webster and Singleton led the Wizards in playing time as well, as the veteran triumvirate of Emeka Ofafor, Trevor Ariza and Trevor Booker all played less than 20 minutes and combined for 10 points and eight rebounds.
Ariza, in particular, is struggling adjusting to his new surroundings. One of Washington’s offseason trade acquisitions has stumbled out of the gate in his team’s opening two contests and performed no better Wednesday night. The former Hornet hit just 1-for-6 to finish with two points and is shooting just over 22 percent from the field over his first three games.
Next up for the Wizards is a date with the Milwaukee Bucks at Verizon Center Friday night at 7:00 pm.
***Quotes used in this report were taken from the Game Notes on NBA.com.