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article imageNBA: Celtics win 107-103 despite late fury by Ellis and Warriors

By Kristofor Molson     Mar 6, 2011 in Sports
Boston - The Warriors have been struggling of late winning one of their last four games, and on the other side the Celtics have been rolling three of their last four games. The Celtics are leaders of the East and made their lead bigger with this win.
The Boston Celtics (45-15) hosted the Golden State Warriors (27-34) in an exciting game that came down to the wire. This is the second meeting between these two teams with Boston winning both of the games.
Boston struck first and the Warriors tied it up eight before Allen put in the 3-pointer to put the Celtics up by three. The game went back and forth until Allen and Pierce hit back to back 3-pointers to give the Celtics an 21-17 lead. Pierce’s 3-pointer sparked a 12-3 run that pushed the Celtics lead to ten. The Celtics only scored two points in the final two minutes as the Warriors went on a 7-2 run to end the period. The Celtics finished with a 32-17 lead going into the second quarter.
Ellis hit a 3-pointer at the 8:22 mark to cut the Celtics lead to four. The Celtics held the Warriors off behind the shooting of Allen who knocked down to 3-pointers that pushed the Celtics lead back up to ten. The Warriors then tried to cut into the lead but the Warriors could not hold the Celtics potent offense.
It seemed like every time the Warriors tried to cut into the Celtics lead Boston had a answer as they finished the period with a 64-53 lead.
Monta Ellis had a big game for the Warriors with 41 points and six rebounds. David Lee added 26 points with 12 rebounds going 6-6 from the free-throw line. Dorell Wright chipped in with 11 points and Stephen Curry had just nine points and five assists.
Paul Pierce and Ray Allen both scored 27 points to lead the Celtics and Nenad Krstic added 11 points. Rajon Rondo had 16 assists, but only six points and Kevin Garnett only scored eight points. Jeff Green had a big game as he came off the bench to score 21 points in 28 minutes.
The Celtics were outrebounded by the Warriors 39-28, but shoot a better percentage from the field shooting 53.4 percent compared to the Warriors 47.6 percent.
Golden State began the second half chipping away at Boston’s lead getting it down to nine at one point, but the Celtics bounce back getting the lead up to 14 with an Allen 3-pointer and a Pierce layup. The Celtics biggest lead was 17 on a pair of Green free-throws.
The Warriors then took advantage of the Celtics poor shooting and defensive rotations to cut the lead to 88-81 to end the quarter with a 14-4 run.
The Celtics opened the final quarter pushing their lead nine, but the Warriors kept fighting as they started to cut into it at the 7:11 mark with an Ellis layup. Pierce hit a jumper that made it 100-91, but Curry followed that with a layup of his own. Ellis then hit a 3-pointer to make it 100-96 forcing the Celtics to take a timeout.
Ellis then came back after the timeout and hit another 3-pointer to get the Warriors within one at 100-99. Pierce made a pair of free-throws, but that did not seal the game for the Celtics. Wright hit jumper to keep the Warriors within two, but Pierce made a layup to make it 105-101.
The last .37 seconds sealed it for the C’s as Allen knocked down a pair of free-throws and the Warriors went cold from the field missing their final two shoots.
Ellis scored 28 of his 41 points in the second half as Golden State rallied and gave the short-handed Celtics a run for the money late.
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