Ford Keys to the Game: Warriors 103, Celtics 107

Ford Keys to the Game

Warriors 103, Celtics 107

Game Highlights

Photo of the Game

Ray Allen

Rajon Rondo tosses home a floater off the glass over the outstretched arms of Golden State center Andris Biedrins.
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Key Moment

Paul Pierce’s five straight points for the Celtics in the final minutes of tonight’s game were absolutely critical, but they don’t fall into the category of the most important points of the game. Ray Allen’s final two points of the night do.

Boston held a two-point advantage with 37 seconds remaining in the game after David Lee dunked home a basket for the Warriors, but the C’s opted to take it up court without calling a timeout. The look they got at the other end was about as good as they could have hoped for, with Kevin Garnett spotting up for an open jumper at his sweet spot at the top of the key. The problem was that the shot was only Garnett’s second of the quarter, and he simply wasn’t in any form of a rhythm. The shot missed long and flew into the air for the Warriors to grab and eventually have a chance to tie or take the lead at the other end.

Only they never got that opportunity.

The miss by Garnett bounced off of the back of the rim and flew out toward the free-throw line, where no one in particular was standing. Luckily for the Celtics, there was no one in Allen’s path from the right wing to that spot, because he took a dead sprint to the foul line in an attempt to grab the loose ball before it fell to the ground.

He eventually made his way over to catch the ball and he wound up reeling it in and continuing his path over to the left wing. A couple of Warriors reached in and tried to poke the ball away, but No. 20 didn’t lose possession. He wound up being fouled right in front of Golden State’s bench and was sent to the free-throw line for two shots with 12 seconds remaining. He nailed them both to make it a two-possession game at 107-103, and those were the final points of the game that sealed Boston’s fourth straight victory.

Key Box Score Line

So many choices, so little space.

Several Celtics made a solid pitch to land in this spot tonight, as two dropped in 27 points, one dished out 16 dimes and another scored 21 points off of the bench. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce couldn’t trump each other in the scoring column, as they were the two who notched 27 points, but Pierce’s overall box score shined brighter.

The Captain shot a very solid 9-of-14 from the field and made all eight of his free throws to tally up those 27 points. Pierce scored 20 of those points in the second half, and as we previously noted in the section above, five of those points came at a critical juncture of the game when the Warriors were in the midst of an impressive comeback in the final minutes. Boston went to Pierce, as they typically do down the stretch, and he delivered with two big baskets to help the C’s hold on for the win.

But it wouldn’t be a Key Box Score Line if all he did was score, right? Pierce also led the team in rebounding with seven boards, which was one more than Kevin Garnett and Nenad Krstic tallied. He chipped in two assists and grabbed one steal as well.

It was a big night for Pierce, but he wasn’t the only one. Our advice is to click the link below and check out the entire box score, because there are plenty of lines in there that could have filled up this section.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Five players scored at least 20 points in the game, with three on Boston's side and two on Golden State's side.
  • The teams were nearly identical in fast break points (14-13 Celtics), points in the paint (46-44 Warriors), Turnovers (15-16 Celtics) and points off turnovers (22-20 Warriors).
  • Monta Ellis scored a game-high 41 points on 13-of-24 shooting. He made 11 of his 12 free throws.
  • Boston totaled only 28 rebounds on the night.
  • Paul Pierce and Ray Allen tied for the team-high with 27 points apiece.
  • Golden State assisted on only 17 of its 40 made field goals.
  • Boston made 22 of its 24 free throw attempts.
  • Rajon Rondo dished out 16 assists, which was one less than the entire Warriors team.
  • Jeff Green set a new career high with the Celtics by scoring 21 points off the bench.
  • Nenad Krstic, who scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds, finished with the game's highest plus/minus rating at plus-12.
  • Every Golden State reserve who scored finished with either two or four points.
  • Green and Von Wafer (seven points) were the only Celtics to score off of the bench.
  • Pierce's seven rebounds were a team-high.
  • David Lee had a big game with 26 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
  • Green fouled out of the game with six seconds remaining.
  • Pierce shot 9-of-14 from the field and Allen shot 9-of-13.
  • Rondo grabbed a game-high five steals.
  • Ellis accounted for four of Golden State's five 3-pointers
  • Pierce, Lee and Stephen Curry tied for the game-high in turnovers with four apiece

Quote of the Night

Doc Rivers on Jeff Green: "He’s a gazelle. I mean, the guy can absolutely fly.”