NBA Game Summary - Boston at Golden State
(Wednesday, December 28th)
Final Score: Golden State 111, Boston 109
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Derek Fisher sliced his way to the hoop and his layup with 6.2 seconds remaining lifted the Golden State Warriors to a 111-109 win over the Boston Celtics at the Arena.
Fisher had nine points, but Jason Richardson was the star with a game-high 36 points for Golden State, which ended a season-high five-game losing streak. Troy Murphy had 17 points and Mike Dunleavy added 15 in the win.
Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Ricky Davis chipped in 24 points and Mark Blount netted 21 for Boston, losers of two straight and six of its last nine games.
"It's a tough loss. The game felt like the team who had the ball last was going to score," Boston head coach Doc Rivers said. "Nobody was playing defense on either team. I guess that's what people want to watch. I don't."
Fisher dropped in a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter to stake Golden State to a 93-89 lead. The Warrior lead reached eight points at 97-89 after Calbert Cheaney buried a pair of free throws.
The Celtics then scored 11 of the next 15 points to pull within 101-100 on Blount's three-point play with 4 1/2 minutes to go. Boston later evened the score at 107 apiece on two Davis foul shots, but a jumper by Richardson put Golden State ahead by two.
After a Blount turnaround jumper made it 109-109 with 1:13 on the clock, the Warriors had the ball with 27 seconds remaining. Baron Davis then held the ball until the waning seconds of the game before dishing a pass to Fisher.
The veteran guard then dribbled through the paint and banked in a left-handed layup with 6.2 seconds to go. Pierce was then stripped by Richardson and Davis came up with the loose ball to seal the Golden State victory.
"This was a team win tonight," Fisher said. "We needed it. I was just trying to get to the rim and I did."
Boston led by a 38-37 score after 12 minutes of action, but the Warriors carried a 58-57 edge into halftime. Golden State then claimed a 90-85 lead following three quarters of action.
Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia were in attendance...Davis had 11 points and a game-best 12 assists...Richardson made 16-of-24 shots...Golden State buried 54 percent of its shots from the floor...The Celtics shot 53 percent...Delonte West scored 19 points in the loss...Pierce made 12-of-21 shots from the field.
12/29 02:03:28 ET