Celtics snap short losing streak to thump Warriors

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11/18/2009 10:31:30 PM
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Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Rajon Rondo finished with 18 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds to lead a balanced Boston attack, as the Celtics used a strong third quarter to take a 109-95 win over the Golden State Warriors.

Paul Pierce scored 19 points, while Kendrick Perkins and Ray Allen each finished with 15 for Boston, which snapped a two-game slide. Kevin Garnett ended with 12 points and six boards in the victory.

Corey Maggette had 23 points and eight rebounds for Golden State, which dropped its third in a row. Monta Ellis had 18 points in the loss.

The Celtics held a one-point edge at halftime and it remained a close contest nearly midway through the third when Boston broke the game open with a 12-0 run. Rondo closed the rally with five straight points, including a three-point play with 4 1/2 minutes left that made it a 67-55 Celtics advantage.

"I thought he changed the momentum of the game," Garnett said of Rondo. "I thought he was a lot more solid than the first half. He consolidated the ball. He was aggressive. He picked up the energy, started picking up full court, like he just changed the whole momentum. I just think he set the tone for the second half."

Ellis' layup at the end of the quarter got Golden State within 80-67, and Raja Bell's three to open the fourth made it a 10-point game.

But Boston got back-to-back threes from Eddie House and Rasheed Wallace moments later, and the Warriors couldn't narrow the deficit significantly down the stretch.

Golden State scored the next six points, getting within 86-76 on a Stephen Curry jumper with under eight minutes to play, but again the Celtics had an answer, as House connected on a jumper before hitting a three. The consecutive shots put Boston up 91-76, and the Celtics led by double-digits the rest of the way.

Bell gave up surgery on his injured left wrist so the Warriors could have eight players in the game. It was his first contest with Golden State after being traded by Charlotte on Monday.

"Firstly, it's hard to sit there and watch when a team is as undermanned as we are," said Bell. "Secondly, I was hoping I get out there and [the injury] would be okay. Part of me in the back of my mind had a lot of high hopes for it."

The Celtics held a small edge in the first quarter, which Ellis capped with a jumper to get Golden State within 27-23. The teams continued to trade points in the second, and Maggette closed the half by making 1-of-2 from the line to get the Warriors within 49-48 at the break.

Game Notes

House contributed 11 points off the bench for Boston...Curry had 13 for Golden State, while Anthony Randolph and Bell each scored 11...The Celtics shot 52.5 percent from the floor, but just 17-of-27 from the free throw line...These teams split the season series last year, with each team winning at home.


Eddie House and Paul Pierce (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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