Celtics searching for sustained effort

Boston stuck in rut of strong first quarters followed by 36-minute letdowns

Updated: December 21, 2013, 6:37 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Celtics spent the first part of the season as one of the most sluggish first-quarter teams in the league. They've corrected that, but they're still on the elusive quest to become a 48-minute team and one that's comfortable playing with a lead.

One game after kicking away an early 21-point advantage in a loss to the Detroit Pistons, the Celtics fumbled away an 18-point cushion while falling to the Washington Wizards 106-99 during a Saturday matinee at TD Garden.

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