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Six Celtics scored in double figures

12/30/2003

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.