BOSTON -- Obviously there's still a lot of season left, but the Celtics are doing everything they can in the early going to prove they're a good team.
Boston bounced back from its only loss of the season with a 105-82 win over Golden State Wednesday night. It was their ninth win and their sixth consecutive home victory.
Ray Allen scored 21 points, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett both had double-doubles, as the 9-1 Celtics won their sixth in a row at home. Garnett had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Pierce added 19 points and 10 boards.
"The good teams in this league never lose two in a row," Allen said. "When you lose a game, you need to know how to respond."
Obviously, the Celtics knew how to respond following that two-point loss in Orlando.
After the teams traded baskets for the better part of the third quarter, Allen extended the Celtics' lead to 79-60 with back-to-back 3-pointers late in the period. It was cruise control from there.
Despite committing 13 turnovers, the Celtics took a 50-37 halftime lead courtesy of a 31-17 rebounding edge. Golden State shot 30 percent and was never able to get into any kind of rhythm.
It was another typical home game for the Celtics who have won by an average of 22 points at Boston Garden.
"I can't judge them on how we played," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "We couldn't have beaten the Pismo Beach Panthers tonight."
Golden State (3-7) had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Warriors' starters began the night averaging 85.6 points, but were held to 43. Leading scorer Baron Davis finished with 13 points on 3-of-13 shooting while recording only four assists.
Reserve Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 21 points, and Stephen Jackson had 15 points and five rebounds. Kelenna Azubuike scored three points, 13 below his average, for Golden State, which won in New York on Tuesday.
Next up for the Celtics is a Friday night matchup with their archrival Los Angeles Lakers (7-4)
"There are a lot of people talking about how the Western Conference is head over heels above the East," Pierce said. "The Lakers will be a good test for us."
|Paul Pierce's 19 points and 10 rebounds help Boston improve to 9-1 this season. (AP)|
|Golden State (3-7)||16||21||27||18||82|
|Boston (9-1) «||25||25||31||24||105|
|GS:M. Ellis 21 Pts
GS:B. Wright 9 Reb
GS:B. Davis 4 Ast
|BOS:R. Allen 21 Pts
BOS:K. Garnett 10 Reb
BOS:R. Rondo 6 Ast
|Players of the Game|
|B. Davis, PG||29||3-13||6-6||3||4||3||13|
|S. Jackson, SG||29||4-15||6-7||5||2||4||15|
|M. Pietrus, SF||27||3-10||1-3||5||1||3||8|
|K. Azubuike, SF||24||1-7||0-0||1||0||2||3|
|A. Biedrins, C||20||2-4||0-0||4||0||2||4|
|M. Ellis, SG||43||10-15||1-3||2||3||3||21|
|M. Belinelli, SG||22||1-9||2-3||3||0||0||4|
|A. Croshere, PF||16||2-7||0-0||3||0||1||4|
|B. Wright, SF||13||2-4||3-4||9||0||3||7|
|D. Mbenga, C||8||1-3||0-0||2||1||1||2|
|P. O'Bryant, C||8||0-0||1-2||3||0||0||1|
|T. Hudson, PG||Did Not Play|
|A. Harrington, PF||Did Not Play|
|M. Barnes, SF||Did Not Play|
|K. Perovic, C||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|P. Pierce, SG||35||8-14||3-5||10||4||1||19|
|K. Garnett, PF||33||8-14||4-5||10||3||0||20|
|R. Allen, SG||31||7-18||4-4||7||0||3||21|
|R. Rondo, PG||26||2-6||0-0||2||6||3||4|
|K. Perkins, C||20||2-2||3-4||7||4||2||7|
|E. House, SG||25||6-13||0-0||3||2||2||15|
|J. Posey, SF||22||1-4||2-2||4||2||1||4|
|T. Allen, SG||20||3-3||0-0||3||4||2||6|
|B. Scalabrine, PF||13||1-2||0-0||2||1||2||3|
|S. Pollard, C||9||0-1||4-6||4||0||0||4|
|G. Davis, PF||3||0-2||2-2||0||0||0||2|
|L. Powe, PF||2||0-0||0-0||0||0||2||0|
|G. Pruitt, PG||Did Not Play|
|B. Wallace, PF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|