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Wizards erase 18-point deficit, top Celtics, 106-99

  • Washington Wizards' Nene Hilario (42) drives past Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards' Nene Hilario (42) drives past Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) grabs a rebound in front of Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) grabs a rebound in front of Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards' Otto Porter Jr. (22) passes over Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards' Otto Porter Jr. (22) passes over Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • The Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin (13) shoots against the Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    The Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin (13) shoots against the Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) blocks a shot by Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza (1) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) blocks a shot by Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza (1) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) moves against Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) moves against Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics  in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) drives between Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) and Al Harrington (7) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) drives between Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) and Al Harrington (7) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) taps teammate Jeff Green (8) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) taps teammate Jeff Green (8) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) drives past Washington Wizards' Nene Hilario (42) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) drives past Washington Wizards' Nene Hilario (42) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards' Garrett Temple (17) passes over Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards' Garrett Temple (17) passes over Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards' Garrett Temple (17) shoots against Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards' Garrett Temple (17) shoots against Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens calls for a timeout in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens calls for a timeout in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • The Boston Celtics cheerleaders in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    The Boston Celtics cheerleaders in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards' Otto Porter Jr. (22) shoots in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards' Otto Porter Jr. (22) shoots in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards' Trevor Booker (35) defends against Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards' Trevor Booker (35) defends against Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) drives against Washington Wizards' Trevor Booker (35) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) drives against Washington Wizards' Trevor Booker (35) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman and Martell Webster (9) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman and Martell Webster (9) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) moves against Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) moves against Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) reacts in front of Washington Wizards' Martell Webster (9) after scoring a 3-pointer in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) reacts in front of Washington Wizards' Martell Webster (9) after scoring a 3-pointer in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) and Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) reach for a rebound in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) and Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) reach for a rebound in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza (1) shoots over Boston Celtics' Gerald Wallace (45) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza (1) shoots over Boston Celtics' Gerald Wallace (45) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics  in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) dribbles in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) dribbles in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) stands on the court in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) stands on the court in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) defends against Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal (3) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) defends against Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal (3) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Washington Wizards' Nene Hilario (42) drives past Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) grabs a rebound in front of Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards' Otto Porter Jr. (22) passes over Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • The Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin (13) shoots against the Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) blocks a shot by Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza (1) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) moves against Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics  in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) drives between Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) and Al Harrington (7) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) taps teammate Jeff Green (8) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) drives past Washington Wizards' Nene Hilario (42) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards' Garrett Temple (17) passes over Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards' Garrett Temple (17) shoots against Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens calls for a timeout in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • The Boston Celtics cheerleaders in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards' Otto Porter Jr. (22) shoots in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards' Trevor Booker (35) defends against Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) drives against Washington Wizards' Trevor Booker (35) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman and Martell Webster (9) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) moves against Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) reacts in front of Washington Wizards' Martell Webster (9) after scoring a 3-pointer in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) and Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) reach for a rebound in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza (1) shoots over Boston Celtics' Gerald Wallace (45) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics  in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) dribbles in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) stands on the court in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) defends against Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal (3) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The Wizards won 106-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON – The Washington Wizards didn’t get flustered when they trailed by 18 points. And it helped that the Boston Celtics couldn’t hold a big lead for the second straight game.

Trevor Ariza scored 27 points, capped by a 3-pointer that highlighted a fourth-quarter run as the Wizards rallied for a 106-99 victory yesterday.

“We don’t let anything rattle us too much,” Ariza said. “We just play and chip away and know things are going to happen. It’s a long game. We know teams can go on runs. They went on a run and we did, too.”

After Jeff Green’s layup with 6:14 left gave the Celtics a 92-84 lead, they went nearly six minutes without a field goal. Meanwhile, the Wizards were going on a 14-1 run that Ariza started with a jumper from the right corner. John Wall had five of his 20 points in the surge, which was interrupted only by a free throw by Jared Sullinger that gave Boston a 93-91 lead with 3:39 remaining.

“It was just, ‘Okay. We fought back. Let’s get some stops here and keep going. Keep stepping on them and let’s run away with this one,’ ” Ariza said.

Nene tied it with a short baseline jumper and Wall gave the Wizards their first lead, 95-93, with a 20-footer with 2:51 to go. Marcin Gortat then blocked Sullinger’s shot and Ariza hit his 3-pointer with 2:25 remaining to put Washington ahead 98-93.

The Celtics had led 32-14 early in the second quarter. But in the last six minutes of the game, they were outscored 22-7, committed four turnovers and had two shots blocked.

“They came out and punched us right in the face in the first quarter,” Washington Coach Randy Wittman said, “but I never saw any downness from our guys.”

Avery Bradley, an outstanding defender, scored 18 of his 26 points for Boston in a span of 8:01 in the second half. He started with a layup with 4:01 left in the third quarter that gave the Celtics a 66-59 lead and ended with a jumper with 8:00 left in the fourth that made it 88-82. Bradley then went to the bench and the Wizards began their comeback.

“He had a good roll,” Boston Coach Brad Stevens said. “His effectiveness on the offensive end is just going to continue to improve.”

Washington (12-13) won its third straight game, all on the road. It started the day in fourth place in the Southeast Division but has a better record than Boston (12-16), which entered the game in first place in the Atlantic Division.

Nene, Gortat and Kevin Seraphin scored 13 points each for the Wizards.

For the Celtics, Sullinger had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Green added 13 points.

Three days after squandering a 21-point lead and losing to Detroit, 107-106, Boston wasted another big cushion.

“You have to stay focused,” Celtics guard Jordan Crawford said. “You’ve got to step on the pedal when you have them down.”

The Celtics led 51-44 at halftime and 62-53 five minutes into the third quarter. But Washington tied it at 74 on a 3-pointer by Martell Webster with 42 seconds left in the third quarter. Then the Celtics took a two-point lead on Bradley’s jumper from the top of the key with 3.9 seconds left in the period.

“Avery had an amazing second half,” Webster said, “but we were resilient on the defensive end.”

Boston got off to its second straight strong start and led 30-14 after one quarter. On Wednesday night, it outscored Detroit 42-23 in the first.

The Celtics scored the first seven points of the game, took a 22-8 lead on Sullinger’s 3-point play with 4:07 left in the period and finished it by scoring the last five points. A layup by Gerald Wallace gave the Celtics their biggest lead, 32-14.

Then Boston collapsed in the last six minutes.

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