The Boston Celtics win the 4th quarter, send the Dubs down to defeat 99-86

March 8, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (right) thinks through the struggle with Draymond Green (left) the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Boston won 99-86. (delawareonline.com photo)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland- The Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics played a very hotly contested game for three periods of play Wednesday night at the Oracle Arena. It was a seesaw game, and neither team could pull away. Both teams were excellent on defense but the Celtics were better in the fourth quarter as they stopped the Dubs cold. The Warriors went 3 minutes and 19 seconds without a point to start the final stanza. The Celtics were all over the Warriors and did not commit very many fouls in the game. They outscored the Warriors 27-12 to win the game and snap the Dubs 10-game winning streak at Oracle.

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson led the Warrior attack but it wasn’t enough. The Celtics were led by Isiah Thomas’ 25 points and Kelly Olynyk, off the bench, killed the Dubs with 17 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. The Celtic bench outscored the Warrior Bench 35-17.

The Warriors led 15-7 early in the first quarter. The Celtics regrouped but still trailed by three at the end of the period 28-25.  There were 4 ties in the period. The Celtics led 45-44 when the Dubs went on a 10-1 run at the end of the first half to take a 50-46 advantage. The third quarter was more of the same. The lead went back and forth once more. The Dubs led 69-63 but Boston came back and regained the lead 72-71. Steph Curry hit a three as the buzzer sounded to propel Golden State into a 74-72 lead at the end of three periods of action.In the 4th

In the 4th quarter, Boston dominated on both ends of the court. The Celtics, who had lost their last 2 games on the road, were determined to put away a very tired Warrior team. They held the Dubs to zero points for over the first 3 minutes of the period.  They increased their lead 83-79 with 6:08 left. The Warriors could not buy a bucket at this point. Boston kept the pressure on and went on to win 99-86.

Game Notes and stats- The Warriors drop to 52-12 and are just one game ahead of the San Antonio Spurs for the best record and home-court advantage in the Western Conference. The Celtics improve to 41-24 and they own the second-best record in the Eastern conference.

Draymond Green was the only other Warrior to score double figures. Draymond scored 13 to go along with 2 assists, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. The Celtics were led by Isiah Thomas, Kelly Olynyk, Al Horford, Avery Bradley, and Jae Crowder.  Both teams shot 44% from the floor but the Dubs made just six 3-point shots in 30 tries. The Celts were 10-fo-29 in that department. Both teams played well on defense. The Dubs had 8 steals and 12 blocks while Boston’s defense made 12 steals but only 1 blocked shot. The Warriors turned the ball over 17 times. Boston committed just 12 turnovers.

The Warriors are back on the road again. They meet the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night and then finish the road trip in San Antonio on Saturday night against the Spurs. The Dubs have not played the Spurs since Opening Night and the Spurs beat them decisively.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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