WASHINGTON No word on what the Boston Celtics' New Year's resolutions are, but you can bet winning on the road -- something they hadn't done in a while -- was on the list.
The C's came in having lost seven straight road games dating back to last season, but they started a new streak at the start of the new calendar year, beating Washington, 94-86.
Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen continue to be the NBA's best backcourt tandem, as they once again delivered strong play for the Celtics (2-3).
Rondo tallied his first triple-double of the season (his 8th in a regular season game) with 18 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. Allen, the team's leading scorer this season, had 13 points which included a pair of 3-pointers. Washington (0-4) was led by John Wall's 19 points in addition to seven rebounds and eight assists.
Boston also got 24 points and nine rebounds from Kevin Garnett, easily his best game of the season.
After dominating play in the first half, the Celtics looked a bit too loose to start the third quarter.
Within minutes, that comfortable 17-point lead was in single digits following back-to-back layups by Nick Young.
Boston eventually re-established control and took a 73-60 lead into the fourth quarter.
With a game on Monday against the same Wizards team, it was clear that head coach Doc Rivers wanted to give most of his starters some rest in the fourth.
However, the Wizards forced Rivers to go back with most of his starters after Washington cut Boston's lead to 80-73 with an 8-2 spurt.
Their return quickly re-established the Celtic's control, as Boston scored six straight to take a comfortable 86-73 lead with 6:44 to play.