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It just hurts more when it’s such a close game, but a loss is a loss in a 119-117 heartbreaker against the Warriors. Baron Davis scored 29 points but none bigger than when he hit a fade-away shot over Tony Allen as time expired to hold off a late Celtics rally.
The Celtics led by 7 at the half but lost a lot of steam in the third quarter and their lead shrunk to just 2 points. They lost the lead and the fourth but managed to come back and tie it on a couple Paul Pierce (23 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) free throws with less than 10 seconds remaining. Davis then erased an 117-117 tie with a clutch shot to win it.
Ray Allen finished with a game-high 32 points while it would appear Kevin Garnett is back, especially on the defensive end. Garnett played 30 minutes and got 17 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. Despite his strong defensive effort, the Celtics allowed the Warriors to run to 119 points. When the Celtics hold the opposition to less than 100 points, they almost always win.
You can throw that stat out the window when they allow more than 100. When that happens, the Celtics are 4-6. Otherwise, when they allow less than 100 points, the Celtics are a ridiculous 37-5. I know we’re out on the West coast, but we can’t expect to win without a renewed focus on team defense. I know they know they have to do that, but it doens’t help when you face two teams that are on fire and playing like they’re on fire.
Davis had a nice supporting cast, including 26 points and 9 assists from Monta Ellis, 21 points and 13 rebounds from Andris Beidrins, and 22 points and 12 rebounds off the bench from Al Harrington.They played this well without Stephen Jackson, who’s out day-to-day with an ankle injury.
Looking forward, the schedule doesn’t get any easier. The C’s get a day-off before traveling to Phoenix on Friday night to face Shaq, Steve Nash, and the new-look Suns. There will be more on the game as it approaches…