WASHINGTON - Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Doc Rivers can boast they accomplished something Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Bob Cousy and Red Auerbach never did when their Boston Celtics teams were ruling the NBA: open a season 21-2.

Allen and Pierce scored 22 points apiece, Garnett nearly had a triple-double, and Boston beat the Washington Wizards, 122-88, last night for a 13th consecutive victory and the best start in franchise history.

Boston 36 27 26 33 – 122

Washington 21 18 35 14 – 88

FG   FT   Reb

BOSTON Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

Pierce 35:25   5-12   12-12   2-6   8   2   22

Garnett 26:56   5-11   1-1   3-12   7   1   11

Perkins 24:57   5-8   2-4   1-3   1   2   12

Rondo 23:50   4-7   3-4   0-2   6   3   11

RAllen 31:21   8-13   2-3   1-1   1   1   22

Davis 24:52   4-5   1-2   2-7   0   4   9

House 17:50   5-8   0-0   0-1   3   3   14

Powe 12:55   2-4   3-4   1-5   1   1   7

TAllen 20:46   4-7   2-3   1-3   1   5   10

Scalabrine 8:28   0-1   0-0   0-0   0   2   0

O'Bryant 6:20   1-1   0-0   1-1   2   1   2

Pruitt 6:20   1-2   0-0   0-0   1   0   2

Totals 240:00   44-79   26-33   12-41   31   25   122

Percentages:

FG .557, FT .788.

Three-Point Goals:

8-15, .533 (House 4-5, R.Allen 4-7, Pruitt 0-1, Pierce 0-2).

Team Rebounds:

11. Team Turnovers: 18 (27 Pts).

Blocked Shots:

3 (Garnett, Perkins, Pierce).

Turnovers:

18 (Garnett 5, Pierce 3, T.Allen 2, House 2, Perkins 2, R.Allen, Davis, O'Bryant, Powe).

Steals:

15 (T.Allen 5, Rondo 3, Garnett 2, Pierce 2, R.Allen, House, O'Bryant).

Technical Fouls:

Defensive three second, 4:21 first.

FG   FT   Reb

WASH. Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

Butler 36:34   6-12   7-7   0-3   4   2   19

Jamison 33:13   7-16   1-1   2-5   2   5   17

McGee 26:00   4-6   3-6   3-6   0   4   11

Dixon 33:44   6-12   4-4   0-2   7   4   17

Stevenson 22:10   0-4   0-0   0-1   2   2   0

Young 18:20   0-4   4-4   0-2   0   0   4

Blatche 15:47   2-2   0-0   0-3   0   2   4

James 10:35   0-6   1-2   0-1   1   1   1

Songaila 19:12   4-7   1-1   0-1   0   3   9

Thomas 6:38   0-0   1-2   0-0   0   3   1

McGuire 12:00   2-3   0-0   1-2   0   2   5

Crittenton 5:47   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0   0

Totals 240:00   31-72   22-27   6-26   16   28   88

Percentages:

FG .431, FT .815.

Three-Point Goals:

4-18, .222 (Jamison 2-5, McGuire 1-1, Dixon 1-4, Young 0-1, Butler 0-2, James 0-2, Stevenson 0-3).

Team Rebounds:

10. Team Turnovers: 22 (32 Pts).

Blocked Shots:

9 (McGee 3, Blatche 2, Butler, Dixon, Jamison, Thomas).

Turnovers:

22 (Crittenton 4, Dixon 4, Stevenson 4, Blatche 3, Butler 2, McGee 2, McGuire 2, Songaila).

Steals:

8 (Dixon 4, Blatche, Butler, James, Jamison).

Technical Fouls:

None.

Attendance:

20,173 (20,173).

Time of game:

2:30.

Officials:

Bill Spooner, Bill Kennedy, Derek Richardson.

Mavs 95, Bobcats 90

DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki hit a key three-pointer with less than 30 seconds to play and finished with 23 points to help Dallas beat trade-depleted Charlotte.

Jason Terry scored 26 points for the Mavericks, 10-0 against the Bobcats.

Emeka Okafor had a season-high 27 points and 17 rebounds.

The Bobcats were short-handed after the trade Wednesday that sent Jason Richardson, Jared Dudley and a 2010 second-round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns for Raja Bell, Boris Diaw and Sean Singletary.

Charlotte 26 28 20 16 – 90

Dallas 26 27 21 21 – 95

FG   FT   Reb

CHARLOTTE Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

Carroll 28:48   4-6   0-0   0-3   1   3   8

Okafor 41:00   12-17   3-5   4-17   0   2   27

Hollins 21:10   2-2   3-4   2-4   0   5   7

Augustin 42:55   3-16   2-2   0-3   10   2   9

Felton 40:42   6-16   4-6   1-5   6   1   16

Mohammed 14:53   3-5   0-0   2-4   1   1   6

May 14:57   3-6   0-0   1-5   1   3   6

Morrison 19:09   4-6   0-2   0-1   0   0   9

Brown 12:26   1-3   0-0   1-2   0   3   2

Ajinca 4:00   0-1   0-0   0-0   0   1   0

Totals 240:00   38-78   12-19   11-44   19   21   90

Percentages:

FG .487, FT .632.

Three-Point Goals:

2-10, .200 (Morrison 1-2, Augustin 1-4, Brown 0-1, Carroll 0-1, Felton 0-2).

Team Rebounds:

6. Team Turnovers: 11 (18 Pts).

Blocked Shots:

8 (Okafor 3, Mohammed 2, Ajinca, Carroll, Hollins).

Turnovers:

10 (Brown 2, Hollins 2, Augustin, Carroll, Felton, May, Mohammed, Okafor).

Steals:

3 (Felton 3).

Technical Fouls:

None.

FG   FT   Reb

DALLAS Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts

George 23:39   2-6   0-0   1-1   2   0   4

Nowitzki 39:31   9-21   2-2   2-13   5   2   23

Dampier 29:01   4-4   1-1   2-5   2   1   9

Kidd 35:42   4-10   2-2   0-2   7   1   12

Barea 33:55   3-7   2-2   0-5   5   0   8

Terry 32:58   8-16   7-8   0-1   3   2   26

Wright 18:05   1-4   0-0   0-2   1   2   2

Bass 23:53   5-12   1-1   4-9   0   1   11

Diop 3:15   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   2   0

Totals 239:59   36-80   15-16   9-38   25   11   95

Percentages:

FG .450, FT .938.

Three-Point Goals:

8-20, .400 (Nowitzki 3-6, Terry 3-7, Kidd 2-3, George 0-2, Wright 0-2).

Team Rebounds:

4.

Team Turnovers:

8 (10 Pts).

Blocked Shots:

1 (Kidd).

Turnovers:

7 (Barea 2, Nowitzki 2, Dampier, Kidd, Terry).

Steals:

6 (Kidd 3, Terry 2, Nowitzki).

Technical Fouls:

None.

Attendance:

19,736 (19,200).

Time of game:

2:12.

Officials:

Mike Callahan, Scott Wall, Kevin Fehr.