Keys to the Game: Celtics 99, Warriors 86 / Boston Celtics

Keys to the Game

Celtics 99, Warriors 86
Oakland, CA – March 8, 2017


Key Moment

The Boston Celtics were held to a season-low 88 points in November when they hosted the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden.

The C’s returned the favor Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

Boston limited the Warriors to just 86 points while putting up 99 points of their own. Not only was it the lowest point total of the season for the Dubs; it marked the fewest points they have scored on their home court since March 30, 2014 (84 points vs. New York).

The Warriors kept up with the Celtics for the majority of Wednesday’s contest, and entered the fourth quarter with a 74-72 lead. Boston’s defense, however, went into full-suffocation mode once the fourth quarter began, limiting Golden State to just 12 points during the final 12 minutes.

GSW was up 79-78 with 7:18 remaining, but didn’t score another point until the 3:47 mark. In the meantime, Boston went on a 15-0 run and completely ran away with the game.

Boston forced four turnovers during that three and a half-minute stretch, with steals by Jonas Jerebko, Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk.

Meanwhile, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson could not find a single good look at the bucket. The typically high-scoring backcourt duo combined for just one point on 0-for-4 shooting from the field during the fourth quarter.

That right there was enough for Boston to blow the Warriors out of the bay during the final 12 minutes of play.

Key Player

Kelly Olynyk experienced a bit of an offensive funk during Boston’s first seven games after the All-Star break.

He couldn’t have picked a better time to break out of it Wednesday night against the top team in the league.

Olynyk erupted off Boston’s bench for 17 points, matching Golden State’s entire bench scoring effort. He hit seven of his nine shot attempts after shooting just 33.3 percent from the field during his previous seven outings.

The 7-footer also contributed with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and a season-high plus/minus rating of plus-29 during just 26 minutes of play.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Isaiah Thomas and Klay Thompson tied for the game-high in points with 25 apiece.
  • Thompson and Stephen Curry shot a combined 4-of-17 from 3-point range.
  • Golden State as a team shot 6-of-30 (20.0 percent) from beyond the arc, while Boston was 10-of-29 (34.5 percent) from deep.
  • Boston reserve Kelly Olynyk tallied 17 points, which equaled Golden State’s entire bench effort.
  • The Warriors got to the line just nine times and converted six of those attempts.
  • Jae Crowder was the only player to reach double-figures in the rebounding department. He corralled 10 boards.
  • Golden State blocked 13 shots, while the Celtics swatted just one.
  • Al Horford and Curry tied for the game-high in assists with six dimes apiece.
  • Golden State edged Boston in the rebounding department, 46-45.
  • The C’s turned the ball over six times during the first quarter, but only coughed it up six more times during the final three frames.
  • The Warriors logged 17 turnovers.
  • Olynyk recorded a game-best plus-29, which was more than double that of any other player’s plus/minus rating.

Quote of the Night

The most encouraging thing to me was not the win; it was the poise that we played with.

Brad Stevens on the overall team effort.

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