BOSTON (AP) — Ray Allen scored a game-high 25 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 17.1 seconds remaining, and the Boston Celtics rallied past the Washington Wizards 86-83 on Sunday.
Boston trailed 79-66 with 6:11 remaining and responded with a 20-4 run to close out the game with eight points from Allen and six from guard Rajon Rondo.
The Celtics cut the deficit to 79-76 before JaVale McGee dunked in a Randy Foye miss for Washington with 2:38 left, but the Celtics scored six more capped by an Allen 3-pointer for an 82-81 Boston lead with 1:33 remaining.
On the next possession, Foye hit a jumper in the lane as the Wizards regained the lead 83-82.
With 35 seconds remaining, Foye missed a 3-pointer and a scramble for the rebound ensued before Kevin Garnett grabbed on the ball and called timeout. Allen then made it 85-83 on his 3-pointer from the corner and Garnett added a free throw before Al Thornton's 3-pointer went off the rim at the buzzer.
Thornton scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Andray Blatche added 23 and nine rebounds for Washington.
Garnett finished 0 for 7 from the floor but added 10 rebounds while Paul Pierce had 17 points.
Allen and Rondo led a 12-4 run to close out the third and combined to score the last 17 points of the quarter for Boston and narrow the deficit to 66-62.
Thornton scored 15 points and added eight rebounds to spark the Wizards to a 44-38 halftime lead. Boston's uninspired effort led to 35 percent shooting, including a stretch of 8:14 with only two field goals. Garnett and Rasheed Wallace were a combined 1 of 10 from the floor.
Notes: Michael Finley did not dress for Boston. ... Washington has lost five of six. ... Boston won its fourth straight game.