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Celtics Drop Two Straight After Long Win Streak

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.

Notes:

  • Leon Powe started at center in place of Kendrick Perkins, and finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks. Perk was nursing a strained left shoulder. Powe has a lot of family in the Oakland area, so it was nice for his family that he got more playing time than usual.

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