By the numbers: Disappearing act

By the numbers: Disappearing act
December 21, 2013, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON — There was plenty of statistical data to quantify Boston's 106-99 loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday.

We'll examine four key statistics to take away from the Celtics (12-16) losing their second straight home game after opening with a huge, double-digit lead in the first half.

Washington, like Detroit which beat Boston 107-106 on Wednesday, used its superior size more in the second half than the first.

"Maybe we need to re-evaluate some of our line-ups to counter some of that length and some of that extra stuff at the end of games,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Here are the four numbers:

3: That would be the number of consecutive road wins for the Wizards now. The last time they won three straight on the road was April 16-25, 2012.

5: This is a two-for-one stat right here. Wizards forward Trevor Ariza hit 5 3s today, which was more than the entire Celtics team which shot just 4-for-20 on 3s. The five also represents the number of turnovers committed by Jordan Crawford which was the most turnovers he has had since committing six against Indiana on Nov. 22.

23: The number of fast break points by Washington, compared to Boston which had 13. The Wizards came in averaging 16.2 fast break points per game which was tied for the fourth-best average in the NBA. And Boston's 13 fast break points was actually better than how most teams fare against Washington's defense. Coming into Saturday, opponents averaged 10.4 fast break points against Washington, the sixth-lowest in the league.

61: Boston shot a season-low 61 percent from the free throw line. For the season, they came into Saturday's game shooting 75.4 percent.