Celts Defeat Warriors Despite Ellis' 40 Points
The Celtics were able to pull out a 107-103 victory, thanks in part to 21 points from Green, who was recently acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Ray Allen and Paul Pierce tied for a team-high 27 points, combining to shoot 17-27 from the field. Rajon Rondo filled up the stat sheet with six points, five steals, and 16 assists.
For the Warriors, Monta Ellis dropped 41 points and hit 11-12 free throws. His backcourt partner, Stephen Curry wasn't so lucky. Curry managed only nine points on 4-11 shooting. He was also only 1-4 from deep. David Lee chipped in with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
With 7:08 left in the 3rd quarter the Celtics led 77-61. Boston seemed to be in complete control at that point, but the Warriors fought their way back. With 3:16 left in regulation, Golden State had cut the deficit to just one. Pierce commandeered a 5-2 run to put the lead out of reach and the C's eventually prevailed with 107-103.
With the victory, Boston improves to 45-15 while Golden State falls to 27-34. The Celts return to action Sunday night in Milwaukee. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m.