Celtics benfiting from fan support on the road


Celtics benfiting from fan support on the road

MILWAUKEE The stands will be filled with Green-clad fans tonight at the Bradley Center, a common occurrence when the Milwaukee Bucks host the Celtics.

But that doesn't explain all the Rajon Rondo jerseys spotted at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nor does it explain the fans sporting black-and-green Shamrock-adorned hats at Atlanta's Phillips Arena, whose owners made their presence heard with 'Let's Go Cel-tics!' chants that drowned out the cheers from the home team's supporters.

Don't think for a minute that the Celtics players don't hear and see all this before, during and after road games.

Following Boston's thrilling 79-76 comeback win at Atlanta, a strong fourth quarter surge helped the C's gain control before they barely hung on for the victory.

But lost in that strong play was the unexpected lift the C's got from their fans in the building as their 'Let's Go Cel-tics!' chants went head-up with the 'De-fense!' chants from the Hawks faithful.

"Our fans in this building really got going," said Paul Pierce. "That gave us a boost, more than anything. It was one of those strange games."

Boston experienced similar surges from their fans throughout this current eight-game road trip that concludes tomorrow night in Philadelphia.

"It just seems the last couple of games, we've been having a lot of fans," said Pierce, who added, "it really didn't feel like a road game."

Pierce never assumes that the fans on the road will be as Celtic-centric as they have been the last few games.

But when it happens, it's not a total shock, either.

"There's Celtics fans all over the world," he said. "We got the biggest fan base in all of the NBA. So it's never surprising when we go into other team's building and you hear Celtics chants."

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.