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Celtics 89, Wizards 86

Paul Pierce leads Celtics to first win

WASHINGTON — This season was supposed to be different. The Celtics had been working out informally since Sept. 4, when the newcomers and veterans showed up in Waltham for intense, full-court practices.

Yet, their regular-season start is eerily similar to last season. Then those bungling, hobbled Celtics lost their first three games and resorted to ekeing out victories against downtrodden teams to gain confidence.

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