- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Last night at MCI Center

16 Number of points the Wizards limited the Celtics to in the fourth quarter to force overtime. This was after the Wizards yielded a season-high 42 points in the fourth quarter.

KEY TO THE GAME

Boston didn’t get on the board in overtime until Ricky Davis scored on an alley-oop dunk with 12.8 seconds to play.

SEEN AND HEARD

It looks as if backup point guard Steve Blake will make his 2004-05 debut Saturday at New Jersey.

Blake, who had bone chips removed from his right ankle in September, said Tuesday he was ready to return and hoped to play last night. But coach Eddie Jordan decided following the team’s morning shootaround that he wanted to give Blake, on the injured list since the start of the season, more time to heal.

“I want to give him another practice and see how he responds,” Jordan said.

Blake’s return likely means guard Laron Profit or one of two big men, Peter John Ramos or Samaki Walker, is headed to the injured list.

Forward Jared Jeffries got the start last night instead of Jarvis Hayes. Jeffries (6-11) is taller than Hayes (6-7), and Jordan wanted to make it hard from the start for Boston’s Paul Pierce to see the basket.

John N. Mitchell

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