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article imageNBA: Garnett helps Celtics gets a win over the Warriors 115-93

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 23, 2011 in Sports
Oakland - The Celtics went into the All-Star break with four All-Stars and a two game winning streak. They kept the streak going with a nice road win over the Warriors. The Celtics gave a great team effort playing all the active players on their roster.
The Golden Warriors (26-30) were on a winning streak of their own winning three games before the All-Star break. This is the first meeting with between both teams and the Boston Celtics (41-14) showed why they have the best record in the East.
Boston and Golden State opened the first looking pretty even with that game tied at the 6-6 at the 8:22 mark. The Celtics pushed their lead to seven at the 7:05 mark on Rondo layup and a Garnett jumper making the score 15-8. The Warriors called their first timeout and Ellis hit a jumper to knock the lead down to five. The Celtics had a 27-21 lead but the Warriors went on a 9-4 spurt to end the quarter down one 31-30.
Golden State took the lead to begin the second with Wright hitting a jumper making it 32-31. Both teams battled as they kept game close with the game being tied at 40 before Curry hit a jumper to put the Warriors back up by two. The Warriors pushed their lead to five before the Celtics 15-10 run to tie the game at 60 going into halftime.
Kevin Garnett was the leading scorer for the Celtics with 24 points 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Paul Pierce had 23 points and five assists, and got a nice game from Rajon Rondo who added 19 points and 15 assists with six rebounds. Ray Allen chipped in with 18 points, and Glen Davis had 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
No player for the Warriors scored over 20 points with Dorell Wright scoring 19 points to lead the team. Stephen Curry scored 18 points and David Lee added 17 points and five rebounds. Monte Ellis who is one of the league’s leading scorers only had 15 points.
The Celtics went on a 16-8 run to push the lead to eight. Garnett hit a jumper and Pierce hit back to back 3-pointers with one of them answering an Ellis three forcing the Warriors to take a 20 second timeout. The Celtics was leading the game 85-78 before Rondo pulled up and hit a 3-pointer as time ran out to give them a ten point lead going into the fourth.
Golden State broke down in the final period and like a good veteran team the Celtics clamped down on them with immense physical defense. The Warriors trimmed the lead to four 88-84, but the Celtics opened the game up to a 18 point lead with a 18-4 run behind the play of Pierce, Davis and Garnett.
Boston finished the Celtics off with a 9-5 run to give them their first victory to start the second half of the season.
Kendrick Perkins (5points) went out in the second half with a bruised knee and did not return. Perkins said it was no big deal that his knee just felt strained and does not expect to miss any games.
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