Allen comes up big in fourth, Celtics prevail, 100-92

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Allen comes up big in fourth, Celtics prevail, 100-92

BOSTON For most of his time with the Boston Celtics, Ray Allen has been viewed as the third member of the Big Three.

But in a close game, few players in the NBA are as clutch as Allen when the game is on the line.

Once again, Allen came to the Green team's rescue with a flurry of fourth-quarter 3's to help the Celtics (3-3) escape with a 100-92 win over Washington.

Allen led all Celtics with 27 points, which included 11 in the decisive fourth quarter.

After trailing the Wizards by a single point at the end of each of the first three quarters, both the Celtics and Wizards struggled to score early in the fourth.

The quarter's first point came on a Kevin Garnett free throw that tied the game at 70 with 10:07 to play.

Washington's Andray Blatche, who led all scorers with 28 points, countered with a jumper that put the Wizards ahead by two points.

It was that kind of nip-and-tuck, back-and-forth kind of game that looked very much like it wouldn't be decided until the final ticks of the game clock.

Trailing 74-72, a familiar face stepped up - Allen - to drain a go-ahead 3-pointer with about nine minutes to play.

Allen's shot triggered a 9-2 run for the Celtics that put the scrappy Washington team on its heels.

Washington (0-5), the only team in the NBA without a win this season, played all but the first 1:46 without their head coach Flip Saunders.

Upset with a non-call against Boston's Greg Stiemsma, he picked up a technical and then another one soon after when he grabbed an official's arm.

Saunders is sure to be fined, as well as possibly being suspended for his action.

Bruins defense struggles in 5-1 loss to Red Wings

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Bruins defense struggles in 5-1 loss to Red Wings

BOSTON – The Bruins are clearly getting the kinks out a couple of games into the preseason.

The B’s defense struggled all night, and allowed 39 shots on net and five goals in a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden. The loss provides plenty of video material for the Boston coaching staff to look at over the next few days.

The Bruins actually started off well in the opening half of the first period, but then the bottom fell out when they couldn’t cash in on a power play chance. That led to a Ryan Spooner face-off penalty and then the Wings scoring on the power play to get things going. The Winged Wheels then scored on a Drew Miller-to-Steve Ott connection 19 seconds later to double Detroit’s lead, and really showed some collapse for the Bruins group on the ice Wednesday night.

Impressive youngster Austin Czarnik scored in the second period after a nice feed from Ryan Spooner crashing to the net, but that was the lone highlight for the Black and Gold against a Detroit team that was ready to go. Luke Glendening scored on a play right in front of the net in the second period as well, and Anthony Mantha made it a 4-0 lead for Detroit until Czarnik cracked the score sheet with his first goal of the preseason.

Drew Miller added a goal in the third period when Linus Arnesson vacated the front of the net to leave it wide open for the NHL veteran, and that was a pretty symbolic play for a Bruins group that never got a defensive foothold all evening. 

Merloni: 'One good start' could change things for David Price in playoffs

Merloni: 'One good start' could change things for David Price in playoffs

Gary Tanguay and Lou Merloni talk all Boston Red Sox postseason and cover David Price's bad postseason pitching, Drew Pomeranz heading to the bullpen, and if the Sox should feel pressure to clinch AL East sooner than later.