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BOSTON - The Boston Celtics are learning the hard way. Trevon Wesco Jersey .Jeff Green scored 25 points, reserve Marcus Thornton had 21 and the Celtics nearly blew a 25-point third-quarter lead before beating the Washington Wizards 101-93 Sunday in Paul Pierces return.After blowing a big lead earlier in the week and winning in overtime against Detroit, they hung on in the final minute against the Wizards. Boston blew out the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.Thats twice this week that weve handled it better, once we didnt, Boston coach Brad Stevens said. I just thought we played gutsy at the end.In a handful of games earlier this season, the Celtics had squandered big leads and ended up losing.Rajon Rondo had a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the Celtics, who won their third straight after a season-high five-game losing streak.We got to do what we did to get the lead, Rondo said. I think we stopped running (when) they score every time down its hard to run and were able to get stops and push the ball up, thats how we got the lead.Rasual Butler scored 14 of his 22 points in the final quarter for the Wizards, who failed to match the franchises best start since 1968-69.Pierce, who played for the Celtics for 15 seasons and was a member of their 2008 championship team before being traded to Brooklyn prior to last season, scored 16 points. He signed with Washington as a free agent during the off-season.This place will always have a place in my heart — always, he said.John Wall had 17 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds for Washington, which had won its last four.For whatever reason, after winning four and row and playing the way we have, moving the ball and sharing the ball, we came out tonight as individuals, Wizards coach Randy Wittman said.The Celtics had opened their 25-point lead midway into the third quarter before the Wizards made a furious fourth-quarter rally behind Butler.Washington, which struggled with its shooting, didnt get into an offensive rhythm until the beginning of the final quarter when Butler nailed three 3-pointers during a 14-3 spree that started the quarter.Butlers final quarter — when he nailed four 3-pointers — helped the Wizards make it 94-93 with just over a minute to play.Pierce front-rimmed a 3 before Avery Bradley nailed one from deep in the right corner for Boston with 37 seconds to play, and Greens breakaway layup sealed it.The Celtics increased it to 63-38 in the third on Rondos fastbreak layup and led 77-59 entering the final quarter.___TIP-INSWizards: They were coming off a season-high 119 points in a win over Denver on Friday, but missed 14 of their initial 18 shots and scored only 15 first-quarter points. ... C/F Nene played his second straight after missing five with right plantar fasciitis.Celtics: Stevens likes the test his team will get facing the Wizards on consecutive days. I think theyre a legitimate contender out of the East, he said. This is great for us to have to have to play 96 minutes in a row against this team. ... G Marcus Smart entered the game in the first quarter after being held out of Fridays game while he recovered from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him for 11 of 12.WELCOME BACKPierce got a nice hand during pregame introductions. The crowd near the Wizards bench chanted his name during the third quarter. Its always probably going to be weird just coming up in this arena, he said before the game. Even just landing in the airport and driving through the city, taking a left instead of a right into the locker room. Its always going to be weird coming in here.HANDING IT OUT:Wall had his fourth straight game with 12 or more assists.QUIET DOUBLE-DOUBLEBoston F Jared Sullinger had 10 points and 10 boards. He took only eight shots.UP NEXTThe teams play the second of the home-and-home Monday night in Washington. Mark Gastineau Jersey . The Cubs made the moves before Thursdays game against Arizona. They promoted left-hander Zac Rosscup and right-hander Neil Ramirez from Triple-A Iowa and optioned righty Blake Parker to their top minor league team. Curtis Martin Jersey . Called on from the college ranks to replace Andy Reid, Kelly implemented a whole new atmosphere in the City of Brotherly Love and now has the Eagles in the playoffs for the first time since 2010. http://www.cheapnewyorkjetsjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-quinnen-williams-jersey . Mike Babcock has turned to the Montreal Canadiens goalie over Roberto Luongo, who backed Canada to a gold medal in Vancouver in 2010, for Canadas final preliminary round game against the ailing Finns.Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Novak Djokovic captured a mens Open Era-record fifth Australian Open title on Sunday by defeating rival Andy Murray in the final in Melbourne. The world No. 1 great secured his fourth title here in five years by handling the sixth-seeded Murray 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-0 in 3 hours, 39 minutes at Rod Laver Arena. This was the first time that a mens Aussie final ended with a love set. It marked Djokovics eighth career Grand Slam title in 15 major finals. Hes also the reigning Wimbledon champ. Djokovic joined Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi an eight-time major champ in the Open Era. The great Djokovic also joined Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer as the only men in the Open Era to play in five finals at the Aussie Open. He has won all five of his finals here, including three now against Andy Murray, who also gave way to the Serb in the 2011 and 2013 finals, as well as a semi here in 2012. Djokovic and Murray are the only pair in the Open Era to contest three Aussie Open finals. Djokovic snuck out the ultra-tight 72-minute opening set via tiebreak before Murray returned the favor in a grueling 80-minute second. Both stanzas featured fierce ball striking and lengthy, physical rallies. The match then took a turn for Djokovic in the third. He broke Murray to even the third at 2-all, consolidated the break with a hold, and then managed to cruise from there. The Serbian stalwart won 11 of the final 12 games, including nine in a row to seal the deal in Melbourne. The match came to a close when a weary Murray netted one final backhand on Sunday night. Djokovic broke Murray a whopping nine times, while the British star settled for five breaks in a losing effort. Murray only managed to win 14 of his 41 second-serve points for a paltry 34 perrcent.

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