NBA Game Summary - Boston at Golden State
(Monday, December 6th)
Final Score: Golden State 110, Boston 106
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Troy Murphy had a career-high 30 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as Golden State posted a hard-fought 110-106 victory over Boston at the Arena.
Jason Richardson netted 17 points and Derek Fisher had 13 off the bench as the Warriors won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
"We hadn't done that all season, so we're happy," Richardson said.
Paul Pierce poured in 26 points for the Celtics, who have dropped two in a row following a three-game win streak. Jiri Welsch finished with a personal-best 24 points in defeat.
"The Warriors are one of the worst scoring teams in the league, then they go out and get 110 points," Pierce remarked. "It's hard to win that way. We're scratching at the door, but we're still an immature team and it shows on the court."
With the teams deadlocked at 88-88, Mike Dunleavy buried a 20-foot jumper with less than 8 1/2 minutes left to spark a 5-0 run which would put Golden State on top to stay, although the Celtics would make several runs down the stretch.
The Warriors extended their margin to seven points when Fisher's layup with 3:29 to go made the score 103-96. Golden State led 105-100 with two minutes left before Pierce sank a jumper, then made a pair of free throws, to get Boston within one heading into the final minute.
Fisher then drained a baseline shot just inside the three-point line to give the Warriors a 107-104 edge, but Pierce converted a running one-hander with 35 seconds remaining to again cut it to a single point.
Pierce had a potential game-winning shot blocked with six seconds on the clock and Fisher went to the line with time winding down. He made the first attempt but clanked the second. However, Richardson tipped in the miss to seal the victory.
"It's fun to be out competing and battling," said Fisher, who signed a free- agent deal with the Clippers after playing eight seasons with the crosstown Lakers. "In Los Angeles (with the Lakers), I was in this position so many times -- big games that really meant a lot."
The Celtics went on a 10-0 spurt to erase an early two-point deficit and grabbed a 20-12 advantage on Mark Blount's dunk with four minutes left in the first quarter. The Warriors closed out the stanza with four unanswered points, capped by Eduardo Najera's short jumper at the buzzer, to cut their deficit to 28-24 at the period's end.
Golden State claimed a 38-37 lead on Fisher's basket with 7:30 remaining in the half. Five straight Boston points near the end of the quarter put the visitors up 55-53 before Ansu Sesay buried a three-pointer in the final minute to get the Warriors back in front. Speedy Claxton then made one-of-two foul shots with three seconds left for a 57-55 edge at intermission.
The Warriors opened the second half with a 9-3 run to take its largest lead of the night at 66-58. Boston responded with a three-pointer by Welsch followed by a bucket by Pierce, the start of an 11-2 flurry which put the Celtics ahead 69-68 with 7:26 left in the third quarter.
Neither team was up by more than three points until Golden State's late surge.
Murphy's previous career-best of 27 points was set November 20 against Memphis. He is the first Warrior to net 30 in a game since Antwan Jamison had 37 on February 8, 2001 against Atlanta...Welsch broke his career-high of 22 points, established on December 21, 2003 versus Philadelphia...Boston had won its last two visits to Oakland but is 3-8 in its last 11 road meetings with the Warriors...Celtics television play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman was taken to a local hospital at halftime after complaining of stomach cramps.
12/07 02:20:56 ET