Warriors throttle Celtics, 108-88

Warriors throttle Celtics, 108-88
March 5, 2014, 10:00 pm
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BOSTON — The Celtics were the more-rested team. They were at home. "Sunshine", aka Kelly Olynyk, was back in the lineup.

Those are the kind of factors that often bode well for Boston's chances at victory.

But on Wednesday, it didn't matter.

The Golden State Warriors are a highly-motivated team, a point they proved in emphatic fashion with a 108-88 throttling of the Celtics.

Five players reached double figures scoring for the Warriors, led by David Lee's 18-point, 10-rebound night.

Golden State opened with a 12-2 run and continued to surge ahead in one of the most lopsided losses this season for a Celtics team that has now lost 8 of their past 10.

One of Boston's strengths all season long has been their ability to compete with most teams on most nights, regardless of the location or circumstances (i.e. injuries).

But on Wednesday, the Celtics (20-41) showed little resistance to the flurry of baskets made by the Warriors who closed out their six-game trip East with a 4-2 record.

One of Boston's biggest problems from the outset was turnovers; specifically they couldn't force (11) any while they committed plenty (22 for 24 Golden State points).

Not only were they giving the ball away, but the Celtics' passes were getting picked off leading directly to points as if Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was on the floor.

This was a game in which the Warriors, known for their sharp-shooting backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, showcased the most under-rated aspect of their team - defense.

"From day one, that's been our biggest focus whether it's in practice, film sessions, out there on the court during games," said Warriors big man David Lee who had 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists. "We know we have the offensive ability; we're so balanced offensively, we have plenty of scoring."

The Celtics?

Not so much.

Boston finished shooting 39.5 percent from the field, a percentage greatly aided by the Warriors keeping their starters on the bench during the final quarter of play.

After the first three quarters, Boston had shot just 32.1 percent from the field and a woeful 2-for-16 (12.5 percent) on 3s.

It got to the point where arguably the most exciting part of the game came in the third quarter when the Celtics cameras found a Tupac Shakur look-alike in the stands and put him on the Jumbotron. Soon after that, they started playing the Tupac classic, "California Love."

With the Celtics trailing 84-54 going into the fourth quarter, rather than chanting "De-fense!" some fans began chanting, "Tu-Pac!"

And those chants were soon followed by calls for "Scal-a-bri-ne" in reference to former Celtic and Comcast SportsNet analyst Brian Scalabrine, now an assistant coach on the Warriors bench.

The one bright spot in blowout games is that it affords the team's younger players an opportunity to play more.

No Celtic took better advantage of this than Olynyk who had a team-high 19 points off the bench. Rajon Rondo, the only player for either team to play more than 30 minutes (he played 37), had 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds.