NBA Game Summary - Boston at Golden State
(Friday, December 26th)
Final Score: Golden State 99, Boston 89
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Stephen Jackson scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, as the Warriors erased a 12-point halftime deficit to upend the Celtics, 99-89, handing Boston back-to-back defeats on the heels of a franchise-record 19-game winning streak.
Jackson, who missed the previous four games with a hand injury, added seven rebounds and four assists while Marco Belinelli hit four three-pointers en route to posting 22 points for Golden State, which had lost seven of eight coming into the game but outscored arguably the best team in the league 35-17 in the final frame.
Ronny Turiaf logged solid minutes off the bench, finishing with 14 points, eight boards and a 10-for-10 effort from the free throw line.
Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 21 points and Kevin Garnett added 14 points on a sub par 5-for-14 effort from the field for Boston, which was coming off a draining 92-83 loss to the Lakers on Thursday and fell in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Ray Allen scored just seven points before fouling out with more than four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Even though the Warriors trailed 72-64 heading into the final frame, the crowd got into the game thanks to a remarkable 23-6 Golden State run to spark the comeback. Allen scored Boston's last field goal of that stretch with a little over seven minutes left, but the visitors went scoreless for the next four-plus minutes.
Jackson scored eight straight points on a pair of three-pointers and a long jumper and added three consecutive free throws for an 87-78 Golden State lead with just over four minutes left.
Garnett ended Boston's drought with a three-point play, and a Pierce free throw cut the Boston deficit to 89-84 around the two-minute mark.
Golden State's C.J. Watson came through with two successful jumpers for a nine-point lead with 1:23 remaining. Boston missed its final three tries from behind the arc and, coupled with the Warriors being perfect on six free throw attempts, was put in the loss column for the second straight night.
A 9-2 spurt to end the first quarter gave the Celtics a 29-19 edge after 12 minutes of play. The teams traded buckets in the second, but again Boston ended with a small flurry, scoring nine of the last 13 points to remain in front, 51-39, at the break.
Back-to-back Belinelli three-pointers late in the third quarter -- Golden State's fourth and fifth triples of the frame -- cut the Warriors' deficit to 72-64 and proved to be the catalyst for the unlikely comeback run.
The Warriors played without guard Jamal Crawford, who was out with a strained groin, while the Celtics were minus center Kendrick Perkins (bruised left shoulder)...The home team has won 10 of the last 11 meetings in the series... Kelenna Azubuike scored 10 points for the Warriors, while Rajon Rondo and Leon Powe contributed 11 and 12 points, respectively, for Boston...Both teams played sloppy basketball with Boston committing 23 turnovers and Golden State recording 21 turnovers.
12/27 01:48:36 ET