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Encore in Boston Could Set a Tone

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 14, 2008

When it was suggested that Saturday's 85-78 win over the Boston Celtics was a "signature" victory for his team, Washington Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan pondered the idea for a moment before responding.

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"You know, a signature win catapults you," Jordan said. "We have to see if this catapults us. I've seen major wins go down the drain in the next few weeks so for us, it's where do you go from here?"

Jordan and the Wizards (19-16) will discover the answer to that question quickly because they face the Celtics (30-5) tonight in Boston. Previously, Washington's most impressive win this season was a 110-98 victory at Dallas on Nov. 26. However, they lost, 109-94, at San Antonio two nights later and then fell, 85-84, at Philadelphia on Nov. 30.

Prior to Saturday night, the Wizards had not defeated a team with a winning record since Dec. 1, when they beat Toronto, 101-97.

Clutch From the Line

After making 22 of 25 free throw attempts in Friday's overtime win over the Hawks, the Wizards connected on 27 of 30 from the line Saturday night. Even better, the Wizards have been clutch when it mattered most. They made 9 of 10 free throws in overtime against the Hawks and 12 of 13 during the fourth quarter against the Celtics.

Guard DeShawn Stevenson, who is a 76.1 percent free throw shooter on the season, made three big ones after drawing a foul while attempting a three-pointer with one minute 14 seconds left Saturday night.

UP NEXT: Today at Celtics 7:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

Tomorrow at Knicks 7:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet Plus, WTEM-980

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