Warriors defeated 119-104 by stellar Celtics effort

The Golden State Warriors were thoroughly handled by an impressive Boston Celtics team, 119-104 in Boston.

The hometeam took a commanding 17-point lead early, in part because of their stingy defense (the Dubs shot 41% in the first half).

The lead also grew because of plays like this from the Warriors:

And yet, Golden State showed their trademark fight and cut the deficit to 10 by halftime.

From there, the Celtics slowly constricted the Warriors offense into an ineffective slog, pestering the Dubs into difficult sequences that they couldn’t shoot their way out of. Golden State ended the game shooting a listless 12-of-39 from three-point range, which wasn’t gonna get it done against a dark horse title contender like Boston.

The poor shooting overshadowed a decent defensive effort from the Warriors, as they forced 21 turnovers held the Celtics to 47% shooting. Unfortunately, the Dubs couldn’t finish those defensive possessions consistently by cleaning up the glass, as Boston outhustled them for 14 offensive rebounds.

The Dubs fall to 10-39 on the season, a depressing 3-22 on the road. Boston sweeps the season series and moves up to 32-15.

ServantOfLuna Stat Summary

Final stats:

Warriors:

42.9% shooting (33/77 FGs)

12/39 three pointers

26/30 FTs

30 rebounds (3 off.)

24 assists

17 turnovers

11 steals

6 blocks

Celtics:

47.7% shooting (42/88 FGs)

15/35 three pointers

20/22 FTs

51 rebounds (14 off.)

27 assists

23 turnovers

12 steals

4 blocks

Points in paint:

Warriors: 30

Celtics: 42

Fastbreak points:

Warriors: 26

Celtics: 10

Points off turnovers:

Warriors: 24

Celtics: 18

Bench points:

Warriors: 42

Celtics: 38

Top players

Warriors:

Burks: (-11)

18 points 5/10 FGs 3/6 three pointers 5/6 FTs

4 rebounds 2 turnovers 1 steal

Russell: (-14)

22 points 7/17 FGs 3/11 three pointers 5/5 FTs

3 rebounds (1 off.) 5 assists 4 turnovers 3 steals

Lee: (+1)

11 points 4/6 FGs 1/3 three pointers 2/2 FTs

7 rebounds 2 assists 2 turnovers 1 steal

Honorable mention:

Green: (-8)

9 points 3/8 FGs 1/2 three pointers 2/4 FTs

4 rebounds (1 off.) 7 assists 3 turnovers 1 steal

Chriss: (-1)

9 points 4/6 FGs 1/2 FTs

3 rebounds (1 off.) 1 assist 2 steals 1 block

Celtics:

Hayward: (+4)

25 points 8/15 FGs 3/5 three pointers 6/6 FTs

8 rebounds (3 off.) 3 assists 2 turnovers 1 steal 1 block

Tatum: (+12, 2nd place)

20 points 7/14 FGs 1/5 three pointers 5/6 FTs

6 rebounds (1 off.) 2 assists 2 turnovers 1 steal 1 block

Smart: (+9, 2nd place)

21 points 8/16 FGs 5/10 three pointers

3 rebounds 6 assists 4 turnovers 1 steal 1 block

Brown: (+0)

18 points 6/13 FGs 2/4 three pointers 4/4 FTS

7 rebounds (2 off.) 2 assists 5 turnovers 1 steal 1 block

Honorable mention:

Walker: (+13)

13 points 5/13 FGs 2/5 three pointers 1/2 FTs

4 rebounds 5 assists 2 turnovers 2 steals