Blowouts don’t typically last from start to finish in the NBA, but Wednesday featured one of those rare occurrences as the Warriors downed the Celtics 108-88.
Golden State came out of the gates hot while Boston did not. The Warriors made six of their first 11 shots over the first five-plus minutes of the game. The Celtics, meanwhile, put just one shot through the basket over the first five and a half minutes of the night.
Add all of that up and Golden State held onto a comfortable 12-2 lead early in the contest. That's certainly not an insurmountable deficit to overcome on a given night, but Boston simply couldn’t make a run on Wednesday.
The Celtics never cut the Warriors’ lead down to less than six points over the remainder of the game. Golden State gradually pulled away as the night wore on and led by as many as 31 points.
It was just one of those rare NBA nights that the Celtics haven’t experienced very often this season. They have been competitive nearly every night, oftentimes playing games that went down to the wire.
Such was not the case on Wednesday. This one was decided in the opening minutes rather than the final minutes.
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Kelly Olynyk missed Boston’s last two games with a sprained left big toe. He returned Wednesday night and didn’t seem to miss a beat.
Olynyk, who scored 21 points in his previous game on Feb. 24, scored a game-high 19 against Golden State. He finished the contest as the only Boston player who attempted more than five shots and made more than 37.5 percent of them. He shot 6-of-12 from the field on the night.
The rookie big man finished the game by accounting for six of Boston’s 30 made field goals and three of its seven made 3-pointers. He was the only Celtics player who had it cooking on offense as he put forth an impressive performance in his first game back from injury.
Box Score Nuggets
- The Celtics scored 34 points in the fourth quarter after scoring no more than 22 in any of the first three quarters.
- Boston committed 22 turnovers that led to 24 points for Golden State.
- Golden State, meanwhile, committed just 11 turnovers.
- The Warriors scored an impressive 58 points in the paint.
- Both teams had five players score in double-figures.
- Rajon Rondo's seven turnovers were just four less than Golden State's team total.
- Brandon Bass, who finished with eight boards, was the only Celtics player who grabbed more than five rebounds.
- Klay Thompson and David Lee tied for Golden State's team-high in scoring with 18 points apiece.
- Phil Pressey scored seven points and dished out five assists in less than 11 minutes of playing time.
- Boston's 21 made free throws were nearly double the amount of Golden State's 11.
- Rondo, who played more than 37 minutes, was the only Celtics player to surpass 28 minutes of playing time.
Quote of the Night
Everything seems to run very fluidly when he's in the game. He's still learning, but he's getting more aggressive. Brad Stevens on Kelly OlynykMore quotes >>