The Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (left) goes for the layup to the surprised look of the Golden State Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr (12) on Tue Feb 2, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)
By Jerry Feitelberg
The Warriors tipped off against the Boston Celtics Tuesday night at the Chase Center. The Warriors knew that getting a win against Boston was not going to be easy. Rookie James Wiseman injured his left wrist in the game against Detroit Saturday night and is expected to be out ten days.
Things got worse for the Warriors when Kevon Looney left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. The Warriors had to play small ball. Eric Paschall and Juan Toscano-Anderson had the task of finding ways to slow down the bigger Celtic team.
The Warriors scrapped and clawed to stay close to Boston. They led 93-91 in the fourth quarter until the Celtics went on a 15-3 run to lead by ten 106-96. The Warriors, as hard as they tried, could not catch the Celtics. Boston won the game 111-107.
The Warriors got off to a good start in the first quarter. Steph Curry led the way with 17 points. The Warriors won the quarter 35-24.
The Celtics bounced back early in the second quarter against the Warriors second unit. They went on a 13-3 run to cut the deficit to one 38-37. Kelly Oubre, Jr. made a bucket to put the Warriors ahead 40-37. The Celtics went ahead 41-40. Neither team could pull away, and they finished the first half tied 52-52. Curry knocked down 22, and Oubre had 11. Jayson Tatum with 14 and Kemba Walker 12 led the Boston attack.
The teams continued to battle it out in the third quarter. With Kevon Looney out, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr inserted Juan Toscano-Anderson into the lineup. The young man from East Oakland responded with his best game of the year.
Toscano-Anderson knocked down three threes and finished the night with 16 points. The Celtics increased the lead to eight 74-66. Kent Bazemore hit a three, and Toscano-Anderson made a three-point play to make it a two-point game 74-72. Curry connected on a three to tie the game at 83. The Celtics finished the third quarter leading 86-85. Both teams knew that they had a chance to win the game.
As mentioned above, with the Warriors leading 93-91, Boston went on a 15-3 run to lead by 106-96. Curry and Andrew Wiggins did all they could to get the win, but they ran out of time. The Celtics won 111-107.
Game Notes and stats: With the loss, The Warriors are 11-10 for the year. Boston is 11-8.
Curry led the Warriors with 38 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. He was 12-21 from the floor, and he made seven threes in 15 tries. Wiggins had 15, Oubre, 12, Toscano-Anderson, 16, Kent Bazemore, 10. The Warriors shot 45.8% from the floor and made 15 threes in 38 tries. With the big men out of the game, the Celtics had the edge in rebounding. They pulled down 62 boards. The Warriors had 42.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 27. Kemba Walker had 19, Jaylen Brown 18 points and ten rebounds. Grant Williams had 15, and Tristan Thompson 13.
The Warriors play their next four games in Texas. They play the Dallas Mavericks on February 4th at 4:30 pm and again on February 6th at 5:30 pm. They meet The San Antonio Spurs on February 8th and 9th.