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Wilcox a major factor off the bench

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Wilcox a major factor off the bench

BOSTON The Boston Celtics got off to a fast start against Memphis, with an unlikely bench player leading the charge.

It was Chris Wilcox, who saw action sooner than usual because Brandon Bass was out due to swelling in his left knee.

Wilcox made all five of his shot attempts and finished with 12 points in just under 12 minutes of playing time. Of those 12 points scored, 10 came in the first quarter, which was a major factor in the C's being up by eight points.

It was the second straight game in which Wilcox was among the key players leading the Celtics to victory.

"I wanted to pick up where I left off," Wilcox said. "Just go out there and have fun, you know what I mean?"

Yes, we know what you mean.

Putting up big numbers offensively is not what Wilcox is about now. He's an eight-year veteran who has never been to the postseason.

"All I'm about now is helping this team win as much as possible," Wilcox told CSNNE.com prior to Sunday's victory. "For me, I've got nothing really left to prove in this league. I know I can play; I've proven I can play. For me right now, it's about getting 'W's.'"

Lately, Wilcox had played an important role in that happening for the Celtics (13-10) with four straight wins, and victories in eight of their last nine games.

In the C's 91-89 win over New York on Friday, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers singled out Wilcox as a "hero" in Boston hanging on for the victory. Following Sunday's win, Rivers once again had plenty of praise for the 6-foot-10 forward.

"Wilcox has been, in the last three games he's been absolutely off-the-charts," Rivers said. "Terrific. With his energy. A lot of guys did a lot of good things (against) New York (on Friday), but I thought Wilcox was the reason we won that game, with his play. He's just doing all the right things."

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

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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.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

0:41 - Tom Giles, Michael Holley, and Tom Curran react to the Patriots’ 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night and whether the Patriots deserve to be considered Super Bowl favorites.

6:09 - Is Johnson Bademosi an upgrade over Stephon Gilmore at cornerback for the Patriots? Michael Hurley joins BST to debate with Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Kayce Smith. They also discuss the defense’s overall improvement in Sunday night’s win.

14:37 - NBC Sports Boston’s Red Sox insider Evan Drellich joins the show to talk about the Red Sox hiring Alex Cora to be their new manager, whether it was the right choice, and how his presence will affect the Red Sox clubhouse.

22:14 - Kayce Smith and Tom Curran discuss Kyrie Irving’s vulgar response to a Philadelphia fan yelling “Where’s LeBron?” at him on Friday night.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE