Celtics top Wizards, 88-76, behind Bradley's 23 points

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Celtics top Wizards, 88-76, behind Bradley's 23 points

BOSTON No Ray Allen. No Mickael Pietrus.

Not a problem apparently for the Boston Celtics, who got a much-needed lift from their reserves in defeating Washington, 88-76.

For the C's, no player made the most of the opportunity to play more due to injuries, than Avery Bradley.

Primarily a defensive stopper, Bradley has steadily improved his perimeter shooting this season.

That, along with timely cuts to the basket for lay-ups, led to a career-high 23 points on Sunday.

In fact, Bradley's 15 first-quarter points were actually more than the entire Wizards team had in the first (12).

It wasn't until a lay-up by Kevin Seraphin with 8:01 to play in the second quarter did Washington finally have more points scored then Bradley.

His play certainly set the tone for the Celtics to take a commanding 53-34 lead at the half. But the C's have been known to squander a lead or two, and Sunday was no different.

Boston, which led by as many as 25 points, saw its lead cut to as little as eight points in the third.

During a time-out, C's coach Doc Rivers was clearly upset with his team not being able to put away a Washington team that had no business being so close.

"Be right! Play right! That's all you gotta do!" Rivers said.

That's exactly what the C's did as they were able to push their lead back to a comfortable double digit margin, 69-55, after three quarters of play.

Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1

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Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1

PITTSBURGH - Conor Sheary scored two goals, Sidney Crosby added his league-leading 28th and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth straight game, 5-1 over the Boston Bruins.

Pittsburgh led 2-1 through two periods before breaking out in the third with three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 57 seconds.

Sheary scored his 17th and has nine goals in nine games. Bryan Rust added his 12th and Patric Hornqvist his 11th for the Penguins, who won a season-high seventh straight at home. Pittsburgh the NHL's best home team, is 13-0-1 in its last 14 home games.

Evgeni Malkin had two assists for a season-best seven-game point streak. Crosby added two assists for a three-point game. Matt Murray made 44 saves to win his fourth straight game.

David Krejci scored his 11th for the Bruins, who have lost four straight and five of their last six.