Thanks to some aggressive defense by Avery Bradley and some creative defensive zones, the Celtics put the clamps on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors tonight. Boston held Curry to 6-22 FGs and the Warriors to just 34% shooting for the game. The 94-86 win is Boston’s 8th straight at the Garden.
The Green: As I predicted in the game preview, Paul Pierce (26 points, 9-15 FG, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) came out with a vengeance. He was very aggressive and attacked the basket (see just 3 three-point field goals). He had some troubles making passes (7 TOs), but overall Pierce was fantastic.
Jeff Green (18 points, 8-13 FG, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks) carried the offensive burden in the 4th quarter (10 points). He took a hard fall on his hip and elbow but returned and played magnificently.
Chris Wilcox (8 points, 4-4 FG, 7 rebounds and +20) played his ass off tonight.
The Gross: Kevin Garnett shot 2-10 and was a team low -11. He did haul in 13 rebounds and passed Hakeem Olajuwon for 11th on the all-time rebounding list.
Jason Terry (2-11) was even worse than KG.
The officiating on Avery Bradley continues to be a farce. Bradley was forced to sit most of the 2nd half after collecting his 4th and 5th fouls early in the 3rd quarter. At some point, league officials will get the memo that this kid plays aggressive, foul-free defense.
The Truth goes coast-to-coast and finishes with the dunk
Paul Pierce and-1
- Jordan Crawford (5) had more rebounds than Brandon Bass (4)
- Bass had more assists (3) than the entire Warriors bench (2)
- DJ White and Shavlik Randolph collected DNP-CDs
- David Lee had 19 rebounds
- The C’s 8 game home winning streak ties their longest reg season home streak over the past 4 seasons
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