WASHINGTON — Jae Crowder scored the go-ahead layup with 3.9 seconds left off a pass from Marcus Smart and the Boston Celtics outlasted the Washington Wizards for a 119-117 victory Saturday night.

Isaiah Thomas scored 32 points to lead the Celtics, who won their third straight and snapped a three-game skid on the road.

Crowder added 22 points for Boston, which had five players in double figures and trailed by as many as 11 before halftime.

John Wall scored a season-high 36 points but missed a potential tying runner at the buzzer. He also had 13 assists and seven steals in 44 minutes.

Washington was missing Bradley Beal, who sat out the second of back-to-back games.

Marcin Gortat scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his return from a knee infection as Washington saw its four-game winning streak snapped.

After falling behind 114-110 on Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer, the Wizards battled back to tie it at 117 when Garrett Temple hit a pair of free throws with 13.9 seconds remaining.

After a timeout, Smart found Crowder on the right block, and he sank his leaner off the glass.

Wall got the inbounds pass and raced the length of the court, but his layup fell off the rim and Nene’s follow came after the buzzer.

PISTONS 113, WARRIORS 95: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope held his own against Stephen Curry for most of the night, scoring 20 points as Detroit handed Golden State its second loss in three games, winning in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Much of the pregame talk centered around how well Caldwell-Pope might be able to defend Curry. The Golden State star scored 38 points, but Caldwell-Pope gave the Pistons a boost offensively.

The Warriors (37-4) reached the midway point of the regular season a win short of the best 41-game start in NBA history. The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers and 1995-96 Chicago Bulls started 38-3.

76ers 114, TRAIL BLAZERS 89: Jahlil Okafor had 25 points and 10 rebounds to help host Philadelphia snap a four-game losing streak with a rout of Portland.

Richaun Holmes added 17 points off the bench, and Ish Smith and Robert Covington scored 16 apiece for the Sixers, who enjoyed a rare blowout victory. They improved to 5-37 with their most lopsided win of the season.

HAWKS 114, NETS 86: Paul Millsap scored 21 points and went past 10,000 for his career, leading Atlanta to a dominant second half that carried the Hawks past Brooklyn in Atlanta.

Brooklyn scored the first seven points of the third quarter, tying it at 55. The Hawks pulled away from there, pushing the lead to 84-68 by the end of the quarter and as many as 33 points in the final quarter.

GRIZZLIES 103, KNICKS 95: Host Memphis beat New York in the first game between the teams since the NBA suspended Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes for two games for his fight with Knicks Coach Derek Fisher in October.

Barnes finished with two points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes.

BUCKS 105, HORNETS 92: Khris Middleton scored 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting, and Milwaukee won in Charlotte, North Carolina.


BULLS: Center Joakim Noah likely will miss the rest of the season after he dislocated his left shoulder during the first half of a loss to Dallas.

The team said Noah was evaluated and will undergo surgery to stabilize his ailing shoulder.

The procedure will sideline the 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year for 4 to 6 months.

PISTONS: Ben Wallace, one of the top defensive players in NBA history, had his No. 3 jersey retired by Detroit.

A clock tower “DONG” reverberated at The Palace as a white banner adorned with “Wallace” in blue and “3” in red rose to the rafters during halftime of the Pistons’ game against the Golden State Warriors.