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The defending champions were drained. After winning 19 games in a row, things have changed fast for the Celtics.
Stephen Jackson scored eight straight points during the decisive fourth-quarter stretch to finish with 28, and the Golden State Warriors sent the Celtics to back-to-back losses for the first time this season in a 99-89.
Paul Pierce had 21 points and five assists and Kevin Garnett scored 14, but the Celtics couldn’t hold a 14-point lead a game after a tight contest with the Lakers. They definitely seemed tired, especially in the fourth quarter as they were outscored 35-17.
The dream of a 73-9 NBA-record season went to waste as the Celtics would probably have to run off another 19-game winning streak to even have a chance. Still, the C’s are an NBA-best 28-4, and are in good position for a deep playoff push.
The Celtics next take the court Sunday night against the Kings in Sacramento.