Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/29

Game 1: Monday, December 29th
Game 2: Friday, April 2nd

Celtics 100

(16-16, 8-8 away)

Warriors 91

(14-15, 10-6 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 29, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 30 28 25 17100
    GS 29 22 16 2491

    Top Performers

    Boston: P. Pierce 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

    Golden State: J. Richardson 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Six Celtics scored in double figures

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Paul Pierce had 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals, and the Boston Celtics held off a late rally to beat the Golden State Warriors 100-91 Monday night.

    Jiri Welsch added 15 points and eight rebounds in his first game against his former team, and the Celtics concluded a stretch of four road games with six players scoring in double figures.

    Walter McCarty added 16 points and seven rebounds, making a key 3-pointer with 3:10 left that helped halt the Warriors' momentum.

    Jason Richardson scored eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for Golden State, which might have won if not for a pitiful third quarter in which the Warriors shot just 3-for-19 to fall behind 83-67.

    Nick Van Exel scored five points during a 7-0 Warriors run to start the fourth quarter, and Richardson had a dunk and two more baskets before Van Exel's 3-pointer with 3:26 left pulled the Warriors to 89-87. But they couldn't get closer.

    McCarty hit a clutch 3 followed by a basket by Pierce.

    The Warriors made a quick stop at home for one game after returning from Denver late Sunday. They will head out of town again Tuesday for a five-game trip.

    The Warriors wanted to contain Boston's outside shooters, but the Celtics were 10-for-21 from 3-point range while Golden State was a dismal 3-of-16.

    Golden State, which beat the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings at home last week, has lost back-to-back games.

    Game notes

    The Warriors are 18-4 in their last 22 home games against the Eastern Conference, including 5-2 this season. ... Warriors F Troy Murphy is beginning to find his rhythm again. Murphy has played the last seven games after missing all of the preseason and the first 22 games with a right foot injury. "It's close," he said of his conditioning. "It'll be fine once I get more playing time." The foot is still tender and requires ice after games. Murphy had eight points and nine rebounds. ... Warriors G Speedy Claxton did not return after halftime because of right shoulder tendinitis. He had six assists, four points and four rebounds in 16 minutes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 91
    FGM-FGA 38-82 (.463) 36-82 (.439)
    3PM-3PA 10-21 (.476) 3-16 (.188)
    FTM-FTA 14-22 (.636) 16-30 (.533)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-43 14-53
    Assists 27 21
    Turnovers 14 18
    Steals 12 8
    Blocks 2 4
    Fast Break Points 5 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Paul Pierce Pierce
    Points: 21
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 17
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1