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.

Hockey returns to Fenway with two Hockey East doubleheaders in January

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Hockey returns to Fenway with two Hockey East doubleheaders in January

There'll be hockey again at Fenway Park this winter, with Hockey East holding a pair of doubleheaders as part of a 12-day event that will include additional college and high school games and a free public-skating day for Boston residents.

Frozen Fenway 2017 will be held between Jan. 4-16. The Hockey East games will be played on back-to-back Saturdays, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14:

JANUARY 7
Boston University vs. Massachusetts
Boston College vs. Providence College

Saturday, January 14, 2017:
Maine vs. Connecticut
New Hampshire vs. Northeastern

“Outdoor hockey is quickly becoming a staple on Boston’s winter sports calendar and we look forward to joining with Hockey East and the City of Boston to build on that tradition by bringing some of the most accomplished and talented collegiate teams in the country to compete on the ice at Fenway Park,” said Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy.