The Boston Celtics improved their already impressive record at home to 21-9 with a 94-86 win over the Golden State Warriors at the TD Garden.
Offensive efficiency was the name of the game for the Celtics. Boston found a way to beat the struggling Warriors despite being out-rebounded by 10 boards and attempting 75 shots to the Warriors' 94.
The Celtics also turned in a highly effective defensive performance. They held the usually explosive Golden State offense to just 34 percent shooting from the field. Paul Pierce led the charge with 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds and four assists.
The Warriors got a huge night on the glass from David Lee, who snagged 19 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to make a difference, as the Celtics were in control throughout.
Player of the Game: Jeff Green
Green only played 13 minutes in this contest, but his contributions were absolutely necessary.
He provided a huge spark off the bench and was the only player not named Paul Pierce to score in double figures. He put up 18 points with five rebounds and three blocks in his short time on the floor.
Green really stepped up in this one and showed why he can be a valuable commodity off the bench. After this performance, it'll be hard to justify not giving him more minutes going forward.
What's Next for the Golden State Warriors?
The Warriors will look to right the ship Saturday when they travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers.
What's Next for the Boston Celtics?
The Celtics will go for three straight victories on Tuesday when they will also travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers.