The Boston Celtics wanted, and needed, a win on Saturday night in Washington. If they didn't, they would have fallen to 0-3.

One thing that the Boston Celtics didn't want to do was lose another game.They started off with a big lose to rival Miami, and lost their home opener to Milwaukee. On the road Saturday night against struggling Washington, the C's needed the win.

The got that win, despite a scare. Boston held on for a 89-86 win thanks to 27 points from Paul Pierce. Rajon Rondo had a double - double performance with 12 points and 12 assists. Keving Garnett chimed in with 15 points.The Boston bench contributed, with 11 points from Jeff Green.

So the Celtics are now at 1-2, with their next game also coming against the Wizards, this time in Boston on Wednesday night.