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                  === Pierce pushes Celtics past Warriors ===
 Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce paced Boston with 26 points and Jeff
 Green  added 18  off the bench as the  Celtics stayed hot at home with a 94-86
 victory over the road-weary Golden State Warriors on Friday at TD Garden.
 Kevin  Garnett  chipped in with seven  points and took sole possession of 11th
 place  on  the all-time  rebounding list  by hauling in  13 boards in Boston's
 eighth straight home victory.
 Stephen Curry wasn't nearly as deadly with his shooting on Friday in following
 his  54-point  performance against the  Knicks two  days earlier. He scored 25
 points,  but shot just 6-for-22 from the field in the Warriors' third straight
 setback of a four-game East Coast road trip.
 "Give them credit," said Golden State coach Mark Jackson. "They defended, but
 we missed shots."
 David  Lee  returned from a  one-game suspension and  totaled 10 points and 19
 rebounds in the loss.
 Pierce  carried the Celtics through much of the first three quarters, tallying
 23  of his points by the midway point of the third to keep the contest squared
 at 60-60.
 However,  his  supporting cast  broke the tie  with a 9-0  run, as Jason Terry
 contributed  a triple  to the  surge before  Green capped  it with  a pair  of
 buckets to send Boston into the fourth with comfortable seven-point edge.
 Green  added  10 more points  in the final quarter,  as he and Jordan Crawford
 each  added two  scores  apiece early  in  final frame  to  expand the  hosts'
 advantage to 11 points at 77-66.
 The Celtics ran away with it from there, as the  margin  soon swelled to
 91-78 and the  Warriors only came within single-digits in the final minute and
 a half of play.
 "We played a quality club; it's good to get that first win at home because
 it's like another road game," said Pierce, whose team returned to TD Garden
 after finishing a five-game trek with a victory in Utah. "Green was awesome
 The Celtics went on 13-2 run in the first to take a 26-15 lead and they held a
 steady  lead  through most of  the second quarter  until a spurt from Warriors
 reduced their deficit to one.
 Harrison Barnes followed a pair of Curry free throws with consecutive dunks to
 make  it a 39-38  game, but Avery Bradley pushed Boston's edge back up to four
 by knocking down a triple and it went on to carry a 50-46 lead into halftime.
                                   Game Notes
 Boston  has  won five  straight at  home in  the series  with Golden State ...
 Garnett  has  now amassed 13,758  rebounds over  his 18-year career and passed
 Hakeem  Olajuwon on  the all-time list. He  is just 11 shy of tying Wes Unseld
 for  10th most  in NBA history ... Lee was suspended for Tuesday's altercation
 with Roy Hibbert, who was also suspended a game ... The Warriors will conclude
 their road trip against Philadelphia on Saturday.
 03/01 22:47:12 ET

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