Warriors 101, Celtics 83
By Marc D'Amico, December 30, 2012

Key Moment

Did the Golden State Warriors eat some Shooting Touch for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday? It sure looked like it during their 101-83 win over the Celtics Saturday night.

There was no Key Moment of Saturday night’s game because Golden State ran away with the victory from the opening tip. The Warriors couldn’t miss - not in the first quarter, not in the second, not in the third, and surely not in the fourth. They made 50.7 percent of their shots as a team, including a ridiculous 63.2 percent clip from 3-point range. They cashed in when they went to the free-throw line, too; the Warriors made 13 of their 16 freebies on the night.

Boston certainly didn’t play its best basketball Saturday, but even if it had it would have been difficult to overcome this Golden State team. The Warriors put on a shooting clinic from everywhere on the floor and held onto a double-digit lead for nearly the entire contest. Golden State showcased that it can scorch the nets with the best of them, and that's why it continues to prove that it is a team to be reckoned with.

Key Box Score Line

Golden State was lights-out from the field Saturday night, and no one shot the ball better than marksman Stephen Curry. Curry led all scorers with 22 points and finished with the game’s top plus/minus rating of plus-19.

It doesn’t take a very long look at the box score to realize why the Warriors were so great with Curry on the court. The guy just couldn’t miss. He made eight of his 13 field goal attempts and missed just one of his five 3-pointers.

Curry also showed that he can help win a game in plenty of other ways. He dished out a game-high nine assists, which was half as many as the entire Celtics team accumulated. Curry also grabbed four rebounds and hauled in a game-high three steals in the victory.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Golden State made seven more 3-pointers than Boston despite attempting three less.
  • The Celtics made as many free throws as the Warriors attempted.
  • Jarvis Varnado scored the first point of his NBA career.
  • Stephen Curry led the game with 22 points and nine assists.
  • Paul Pierce and Jason Terry combined to shoot 10-of-38 from the field.
  • Courtney Lee led the Celtics with a season-high 18 points.
  • Jeff Green grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
  • Nine players in the game grabbed at least five boards.
  • Both teams had five players score in double-figures.
  • Rajon Rondo did not play in the game due to a bruised hip and thigh.
  • There were only 46 total points scored in the paint during the game.

Quote of the Night

It's hard to tell a shooter not to shoot an open shot. So as a coach you're kind of stuck; you let them keep taking them and you hope that some go in. And they didn't. Doc Rivers on Boston's poor shooting night