Back home, C's come away with solid win over Warriors

Back home, C's come away with solid win over Warriors
March 1, 2013, 10:15 pm
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BOSTON — The last time the Celtics had a slew of days off - the All-Star break -  it took them a couple games to play in before they rediscovered their rhythm.

The C's bounce-back wasn't nearly as long this time around as the Celtics put together a solid performance in their first game since Monday to defeat Golden State, 94-86.

Boston (31-27) has won two in a row and four of its last five games while handing the Warriors (33-26) a third straight loss.

Paul Pierce led the way for Boston with a game-high 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists while shooting 9-for-15 from the field.

Much of the talk leading up to Friday's game centered around Golden State guard Stephen Curry, who came in averaging 46 points in the Warriors past two games.

Prior to the game, Courtney Lee didn't hesitate in stating that Curry wasn't going to score 54 against the Celtics.

True to his word, Lee along with Avery Bradley kept Curry in check for most of the night as Curry led all Golden State players with 25 points on 6-for-22 shooting from the field.

Although Boston led most of the game, the Warriors came out in the third quarter in comeback mode as they scored the quarter's first six points to take their first lead of the game, 52-50.

Moments later, Pierce drained a three-pointer to put the C's back on top. Golden State would lead on three more occasions in the quarter before Boston broke open a 60-all tie with a 9-2 run to end the quarter.

Boston spent most of the third quarter with Bradley on the bench after he picked up his fifth personal foul with 8:01 to play in the quarter, while guarding Curry.

Even with Bradley on the bench, the C's still managed to keep Curry from being an efficient scorer.

He went into the fourth quarter with 18 points, but needed 13 shots from the field (he made just three of them) to do so.

There were signs dating back to the first quarter that Curry's prolific scoring of late was on the verge of ending.

Curry had six points in the first quarter which was two more than he had in the first quarter of his career-high 54 point game against New York on Wednesday.

Leading the way for the Celtics in the first besides their defense against Curry, was the efficient play offensively of Pierce.

The Captain had 13 points in the first on 5-for-8 shooting, to go with three rebounds and three assists as the C's led, 31-20.

Boston spent the entire second quarter playing with the lead, although Golden State managed to keep it within single digits most of the way.

Harrison Barnes was instrumental in keeping the Warriors within striking distance in the second quarter, which included a breakaway dunk that cut Boston's lead to 39-36. He finished with 16 points.

Following a pair of missed free throws by Boston's Chris Wilcox, Barnes brought the Warriors within a point following a lay-up.

But the C's responded with five straight points - a three by Bradley and a jumper by Brandon Bass - to push their lead up to 44-38 with 2:45 to play in the second quarter.

Boston failed to push its lead back to double digits in the quarter which ended with the Celtics ahead, 50-46.