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Warriors can’t keep late fourth quarter lead, stumble to Celtics 105-100

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Draymond had a double-double and Paschall had 16, but they couldn’t overcome Kemba’s 14 4th quarter points. AN INSPIRING DUBS EFFORT AGAINST THE SCORCHING HOT CELTS!

Boston Celtics v Golden State Warriors Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

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.

First Half

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.

Celtics 52, Warriors 51

Second Half

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!