The Golden State Warriors continued their successful 2012-13 season with a convincing home victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, 101-83.
Rajon Rondo's absence from the Celtics lineup due to injury was a major difference-maker in his team's loss. As is always the case when Rondo is absent, Boston's offense just didn't seem as in rhythm as usual.
Head coach Mark Jackson's squad came out of the gates flying in the first half, outscoring Doc Rivers' team by a 57-40 margin. It was the second quarter when the Warriors pulled ahead by 17 points, giving them a clear advantage going into the second half.
The Celtics answered back in the third quarter and cut the deficit to nine, but unfortunately for Boston, they ran out of steam and couldn't complete the comeback. The Warriors once again extended their lead en route to victory.
To know exactly where the Celtics lost this game, you need not look any further than two factors: Rondo's absence and poor three-point shooting.
Golden State was 12-of-19 from beyond the arc, good enough for a 63 percent success rate. In what was a total opposite for Boston, the Celtics shot an abysmal 5-of-22 from three-point range, draining just 22 percent of their long distance shots.
Stephen Curry led all scorers, with 22 points, and added nine assists. David Lee chipped in 20 points, five rebounds and four assists, while point guard Jarrett Jack contributed 14 points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench.
Player of the Game: Stephen Curry
Curry had one of his best all-around games of the season thus far. Against the Celtics, the Warriors point guard scored 22 points and also created nine buckets for his teammates.
Adding to that was Curry's defensive prowess, which was on full display in this game. Curry had three steals and two blocks with three defensive rebounds (four in total).
What's Next for Boston?
The Celtics have now lost three of their last four, all to quality opponents. However, there is some relief on the way, as Boston heads to Sacramento to take on the lowly Kings on Sunday night.
What's Next for Golden State?
Golden State will truly be tested over the course of the next few weeks. After a back-to-back with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday and Saturday, the Memphis Grizzlies will come to town.