By A. Sherrod Blakely
WASHINGTON These are the kind of games that are kind of scary if you're the Boston Celtics.
Yes, the Boston Celtics (33-9) have the best record in the Eastern Conference.
And the Washington Wizards (12-29) are the Washington Wizards.
You can break down their struggles on many levels, but easily one of their biggest problems has been their inability to finish games strong.
Washington comes into tonight's game having been outscored in the fourth quarter in each of their last seven games, the longest such streak in the NBA.
That helps explain why they spend so much time in Loser's lounge, while the C's keep throwing back one big win after another.
Boston comes into tonight's game with a five-game winning streak, a streak that includes them outscoring each of those teams in the fourth quarter which by the way, is the longest such current streak in the NBA.
As impressive as the C's ability to close out teams has been, equally important to their success has been starting off fast.
During its current five-game winning streak, the Celtics have finished the first quarter leading by an average of 4.4 points per game.
"When our starters get off to a good start, that helps us a lot," said C's swingman Marquis Daniels. "It makes our job a lot easier. All we have to do is just keep what they started, going."
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Former Celtics big man Kris Humphries is among the players the Celtics are interested in bringing in via free agency, sources tell CSNNE.
The 6-foot-9 Humphries, 31, who averaged 8.4 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Celtics in 2013-14 after coming to Boston as part of the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett trade with the Nets, averaged 14.8 points and 9.8 rebounds for three teams (the Wizards, Suns and Hawks) last season.
Evan Turner revived his career with the Celtics the past two years and is now drawing plenty of interest around the league as free agency opens.
The unrestricted free agent averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists as a sixth man last season with Boston. The Sporting News reports that the Knicks, Lakers, Bulls, Pelicans, Mavericks and Grizzlies are looking to bid for Turner.
Turner earlier expressed an interest in returning to the Celtics, who have their immediate focus on meetings with Kevin Durant and Al Horford this weekend and dealing with their other free agents Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko and restricted free agents Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller, as well.
NBA.com’s David Aldridge reports the interest between the Lakers and Turner is mutual.
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