WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, the Washington Wizards frittered away a 23-point lead against the Boston Celtics but hung on for a grueling double-overtime win.
There was no repeat of that on Saturday night.
The Wizards ran off 13 consecutive points and took a 15-2 lead in the game’s first four minutes as they beat the Celtics 101-88.
Boston, which has lost four in a row is a much different team than they were 19 days ago, when they dropped that wild 133-132 game. They traded longtime point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Dec. 18, and are struggling to find their way.
“They weren’t going to let us back tonight,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “You could feel it, you could see it.”
Kris Humphries who played for Stevens last season led Washington, which has won eight of 10, with 18. Paul Pierce, the longtime Boston mainstay had 17.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Dallas Stars got off to a rough start this season but they have been making a push to turn their season around over the past two weeks.
They capitalized on mistakes by the Blues in the first period on Saturday night, then seized control with power-play goals from Trevor Daley and Jason Demers in the second period and held on to beat the Blues 4-3.
“Anytime you get to play a team like St. Louis it’s a measuring stick for us,” Daley said. “We see where we’re at. We’re trying to get back in this. It’s a dogfight for us. We dug ourselves a hole; we’re trying to get out of it, and beating teams like St. Louis is obviously a great feeling.”
The Stars (15-14-5), who got 30 saves from Kari Lehtonen, have won five of their last six. Dallas had a four-game win…
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