The Golden State Warriors battled valiantly, but ultimate fell to the league’s hottest team, losing to the Boston Celtics by a final score of 105-100. Boston won it’s 10th straight game by surviving a powerful Warriors defensive effort that had the Dubs up late in the fourth quarter.
Kemba Walker ultimately slammed the door shut, scoring 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Rookie Eric Paschall led Golden State with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Draymond Green tallied a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell scored 12 points in 25 minutes before leaving with a thumb injury.
Warriors calling it a right thumb sprain for D'Angelo Russell. Won't return tonight. But not a break/fracture.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 16, 2019
The Dubs shook off their normal routine of struggling mightily during the first half and took the fight to the Celtics early.
Paschall led the scoring with 11 points in the first two quarters, attacking the Celtics’ stout defense with vigor.
Meanwhile Walker struggled his way through the first half, but the Celtics still held a one point advantage.
The Celtics shot 37.8 percent from the floor in the first half, with Kemba Walker going 1 for 9... They trailed the Warriors 21-8 and by as many as 15.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) November 16, 2019
And, yeah, they're leading, 52-51.
Celtics 52, Warriors 51
The Warriors fans actually got a shout out from former head coach Mark Jackson for their boisterous support in the fourth quarter.
A Willie Cauley-Stein alley oop layup gave the Dubs a 97-92 lead with 2:37 left, but sadly that was the last time the Dubs would ever seem in true control. That’s not to say they wilted; rather they were simply outplayed in winning time by a squad with superior talent and experience. It happens.
But to have that fourth quarter lead without the services of their only supernova remaining (Russell) was inspiring, and the Chase Center crowd loudly appreciated it all.
We’ll have further coverage tomorrow, stay tuned, and enjoy your Friday night!