NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Boston
(Wednesday, November 21st)
Final Score: Boston 105, Golden State 82
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Ray Allen scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds as Boston bounced back from its first loss of the season to rout Golden State, 105-82, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Kevin Garnett recorded his usual double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who are 9-1 on the year and a perfect 6-0 at home. Paul Pierce added 19 points and 10 boards.
"We needed this," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "We needed the break tomorrow so this will be very nice for us."
Monta Ellis tallied 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting off the bench for the Warriors, who were held to a season low 82 points and lost for the first time in four games. Stephen Jackson tallied 15 points and Baron Davis netted 13.
"Defensively they were pretty darn good," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "What makes them so good is, of course, Garnett. He's just everywhere. And they work hard at it but we didn't give them much of a challenge. We didn't move the ball, we didn't shoot it when we had it. We were a terrible team tonight."
The Warriors entered the second half trailing by 13 points but made some small inroads. Ellis drained a jumper to draw Golden State within 10, 66-56, with 4:47 left in the frame.
But, the Celtics answered with a 13-4 run over the next 2 1/2 minutes to regain control. Allen buried consecutive threes to finish the burst and ignite the crowd as Boston took a commanding 79-60 edge.
The rout was on in the fourth quarter. James Posey's driving layup off a beautiful fastbreak gave the Celtics a 21-point cushion, 89-68. with just over 10 minutes to go.
The Warriors never responded and were unable to threaten the rest of the way.
"Just another team, the media and the NBA hype them up," Jackson said of the Celtics. "We don't hype them up. They put their shoes on just like we do, they haven't won a championship yet. That's where you get props. I got one."
The Celtics used a stifling defense to take a 25-16 lead after the opening 12 minutes.
Boston continued to methodically pull away in the second quarter. A 12-2 run midway through the frame, capped by a Brian Scalabrine three with 5:33 left, gave the Celtics their largest lead of the frame 42-23.
Golden State recovered a bit from there but still trailed by 13, 50-37, at intermission.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was in the crowd wearing a Pierce jersey...The Warriors are now 2-1 on a five-game road swing. Golden State will now visit Washington and Philadelphia to finish the trip...The Celtics dominated the boards with a 52-40 advantage...The Warriors went 2-0 against Boston last season and had won three straight meetings...Golden State's Al Harrington and Matt Barnes both missed the game for personal reasons.
11/21 23:12:09 ET