(38-24)
(20-41)
The Warriors led from start to finish and dominated their way to a 108-88 win in Boston on Wednesday. Playing the back end of a back-to-back at the end of a six-game Eastern Conference road trip, the Warriors led by as many as 31 points and held the Celtics to 39.5 percent shooting. David Lee had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Klay Thompson had 18 points and Stephen Curry logged 14 points on a night that saw all the starters rest during the entire fourth quarter. With the win, the Warriors wrap up a 4-2 road trip and will now play nine of their next 11 games at home, beginning Friday against the Hawks.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“I thought we did a great job against a team that, in all honesty, we are better than. It was a type of game where you can overlook them, they compete, they are well coached but fortunately we came in here and took care of business, we took care of the basketball, we defended again at a high level and I thought our bench was very good once again. A big time win for us and now it’s about going home and taking care of business at home.”
On the end of the road trip:
“I read where if we lost this game then that take away in Indiana. No, you cannot forget how tough it is to win games in this league and you can look and say this is one you should win. We’re looking at games right now where teams are getting drilled. Fortunately we did not fall in love with what we did in Indy and we came in and we took care of business.”
On the defense traveling well:
“Yes again, for the 22nd time we’ve held a team under 40%, that’s getting it done defensively and that’s collectively getting it done. That’s what allows us to be an effective road team because the pride we take on the defensive end and the habits that we’ve established.”
On guys getting to the rim tonight:
“I thought they did a great job of attacking on the offensive end, not settling. We played the first time in a while, we’ve done it in spurts, but we played at the pace we wanted to play at.”
On Rajon Rondo:
“I mean Rondo’s a great player and he’s certainly a guy that you got to highlight when putting together a game plan, but fortunately for us we’ve got different looks to throw at him, we got different individuals that can defend him and we took care of business.”
Klay Thompson
On tonight's game:
“Yeah this win validates last night and we wanted to finish strong and we had a lot of reasons not to as far as back to back playing a hard fought game last night but we responded the best way we could. Especially on the defensive end.”
On the end of a road trip:
“It was huge especially coming into these twenty games. If you want to climb up the rankings in the playoff seeding, you have to treat every game like it’s your last. The West is a dogfight and going into Atlanta feels great.”
David Lee
On the road trip:
“Yea no question, we were sitting at 2-2 after the Toronto loss, which is one we wanted back. We knew we had two games left against Indiana, one of the best home teams, and also against Boston, who has been playing people really tough in this building, so we were lucky to get these two and I’m very happy for our team for putting up two great wins.”
On not having any letdowns:
“It was big for us. The starters really wanted to come out and set the tone tonight and not give the Celtics team any life. They’re a team that if they can gain confidence early it can be a tough team. Guys like Jeff Green and (Brandon) Bass can really get going, we were able to keep them from doing that.”
ALMOST HOME
Wednesday’s contest in Boston will be the sixth and final game for the Warriors on their current six-game road trip. This will be the second of two matchups this season between the two teams, with Golden State already having won the first encounter 99-97 at Oracle Arena on January 10. The Warriors needed a Stephen Curry buzzer-beating jumper to win that one. Now, playing on the back end of a back-to-back at the end of a long road trip, the Dubs will have to give everything they have in order to come out of Boston with another victory.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors pulled off an impressive nail-biting victory on Tuesday, defeating the Pacers 98-96 in Indiana. Klay Thompson hit a game-winning turnaround jumper with 0.6 seconds left on the clock to seal the victory. The clutch shot accounted for two of Thompson’s team-leading 25 points, 16 of which were scored in the fourth quarter. Stephen Curry totaled 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while the bench accounted for 34 much-needed points. The win pushes the Dubs’ record to 37-24 and makes them the only Western Conference team to win in both Miami and Indiana this season. The Warriors will look to finish their six-game road trip on a high note when they take on the Celtics in Boston tomorrow. GAME RECAP
KLUTCH KLAY
Whatever Klay Thompson did between the third and fourth quarter on Tuesday, he should do more often. A lot more often. Thompson was scintillating in the final quarter, scoring 16 of his team-high 25 points, none bigger than the two he notched on his turnaround jumper with 0.6 seconds left on the clock which put the Dubs up for good. While everyone is well aware by now of how deadly Thompson can be from long-range, he was scoring all over the half-court set, using his aggressiveness to get to critical spots on the floor. And as is the case with many sharpshooters, once he gets going, the rim just seems to look bigger and bigger. While the Warriors will certainly take that clutch performance and run with it, the next step in Thompson’s evolution as a player will be providing that type of impact throughout the course of a game, and not limited to spurts. Nonetheless, it was certainly a pleasant sight to see, and one that will become more frequent if Golden State is to reach the heights it hopes to achieve.
BENCH REPS
It’s been an ongoing process all season long, but recent returns seem to indicate that the Warriors’ bench is rounding into form. They accounted for 34 very-necessary points in Tuesday’s nail-biting win, but also found ways to contribute outside of the offense they provided. In fact, as we’ve said many times, this bench doesn’t need to outscore opponents in order to be effective. Rather, they just need to make life tough on the opponent, and preserve the leads they’re given to protect. Both goals were accomplished on Tuesday, as the bench unit frequently shut down the Pacers offense and even expanded on leads while giving the starters some valuable minutes of rest. With just over 20 games left on the season, there’s still plenty of time for the bench unit to work itself into top gear, just in time for the postseason.
BOSTON SCOUTING REPORT
It’s been a tough season for many of the league’s most storied franchises, and the Boston Celtics are no different. At 20-40, they sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, and at seven games out of a playoff spot, seem unlikely to reach the postseason. However, much of their struggle can be attributed to injury, as they have been without their All-Star point guard in Rajon Rondo for most of the season, although he’s recently returned to action. Still, with Rondo now in tow and the likes of Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger in the frontcourt, the Celtics boast more than enough talent to surprise anyone that underestimates them. Rookie head coach Brad Stevens has engrained his squad with a tough, never-give-up mindset, and it has pervaded through the entire roster. After losing a tough one to the Warriors in Oakland in January, expect the Celtics to come out hard with the intent to send Golden State home on a sour note.
Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain/right foot inflammation) are out.

BOS: Vitor Faverani (left knee), Avery Bradley (right ankle), Kelly Olynyk (sprained left big toe) and Gerald Wallace (torn meniscus, left knee) are out.