Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Warriors 108, Celts 88
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- Rapid reaction after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 108-88 on Wednesday night at TD Garden:
THE NITTY GRITTY
One day after promising they wouldn't relent over the final 22 games of the 2013-14 season, the Celtics came out lifeless following a three-day break and got absolutely throttled by a Golden State team playing the final night of a six-game road trip and the tail end of a back-to-back. Klay Thompson missed seven 3-pointers, but hit just about everything inside the arc while putting up a team-high 18 points. David Lee matched that output and added 10 rebounds. Old friend Jordan Crawford scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting in 19 minutes off the bench for the Warriors. After missing two games with a sprained toe, rookie Kelly Olynyk returned to score a team-high 19 points for Boston. Rajon Rondo finished with 14 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 7 turnovers over 37 minutes. The Celtics turned the ball over a head-shaking 22 times, leading to 24 points.
The Warriors scored 12 of the game's first 14 points, building a double-digit lead little more than five minutes in and that's about as close as it got. The Celtics were down eight going to the second frame, but Golden State scored the first seven points of the quarter. An Andre Iguodala triple sent the Warriors into intermission up 21 and the lead went as high as 31 in the second half.
TUPAC LOOKALIKE PROVIDES LEVITY
With the Celtics down 30 in the third quarter, a Tupac Shakur lookalike who's been at the Garden in the past was shown on the JumboTron and fans started a loud, "Let's Go Tupac!" chant. When the quarter ended, he was shown again with Tupac's "California Love" blaring and the audience again roared. The fans kept themselves entertained further by starting "Scal-a-brine!" chants with former fan favorite Brian Scalabrine, now an assistant coach for the Warriors, in the house.
The Celtics shot 39.5 percent (30 of 76), while the Warriors were at 46.9 percent (46 of 98). ... The Warriors owned a 58-32 advantage in points in the paint and a 25-11 edge in fastbreak points. ... The Warriors led from start to finish. ... All 11 available players saw court time for Boston. ... Chris Babb, playing on a 10-day contract, scored his first NBA points. He finished with five points and five rebounds over 23:41.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Celtics (20-41) have lost seven of their last eight and still own the fourth worst record in basketball. Two games remain on this five-game homestand with visits from Brooklyn (Friday) and Detroit (Monday).