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Final: Celtics 105, Warriors 103

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  March 14, 2012 10:49 PM

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Final, Celtics 105-103: Kevin Garnett drains a 20-footer with 5.1 seconds left and the defense forces a contested 3-pointer from Nate Robinson and Garnett grabs the rebound, sealing another key win.

Fourth quarter, 30.0, Tied at 103: Rajon Rondo goes the wrong direction on Nate Robinson, who bolts right and drives for another easy layup. Game tied. Celtics ball.

Fourth quarter, 1:01, Celtics 103-101: The lead appeared safe at 6 but David Lee hits two free throws and after the Celtics' eighth turnover of the quarter, Nate Robinson drives untouched to the basket for another score. Celtics ball.

Fourth quarter, 2:15, Celtics 99-97: Celtics are trying to hang on despite having almost as many turnovers (7) as field goals (8) in the fourth quarter. Kevin Garnett has been the offensive catalyst with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Rajon Rondo has 8 points and 13 assists.

Fourth quarter, 4:40, Celtics 95-94: Boston just committed its sixth turnover of the quarter, practicing handing the Warriors a chance to come back. Ray Allen just stole the ball, dribbled into a corner and then had the ball stripped from him off his leg out of bounds.

Fourth quarter, 7:22, Celtics 91-90: Celtics are trying to hold off the youthful Warriors, especially Klay Thompson, who has a career-high 26 points. The Celtics have five turnovers in the quarter.

End of third quarter, Celtics 81-77: The Celtics are a good team when they want to play defense. After scoring 35 points on 12-for-21 shooting in the second quarter, the Warriors scored 17 on 7-for-22 shooting in the third quarter. The Celtics were 10 of 17 from the field in the quarter and outrebounded Golden State 14-7.

Third quarter, 4:21 Warriors 74-72: The Celtics don't have an answer for Klay Thompson, who has a career-high 23 points but also four fouls. The Celtics have four players in double figures but every time they made a run, Golden State responds with a turnover or a 3-pointer. Both teams shooting 50 percent.

Halftime, Warriors 60-55: The Celtics defense has been nonexistent, allowing the Warriors to shoot 57.5 percent (23 for 41) in the first half with 22 rebounds from a team with one center. Dorell Wright and David Lee have seven rebounds apiece while Thompson has 17 points and Wright 15. Mickael Pietrus and Brandon Bass have 12 points each.

Second quarter, 4:39, Warriors 46-45: Celtics were beginning to take control with a 40-33 lead before the Warriors stormed back with three consecutive 3-pointers. Dorell Wright and Klay Thompson each have 13 points and have three 3-pointers. Nate Robinson has 8. Mickael Pietrus has 12 off the bench for the Celtics.

Second quarter, 9:31, Celtics 31-29: Greg Stiemsma is playing a big role with 6 points and 4 rebounds in seven minutes while Mickael Pietrus, a former Warrior, has canned two 3-pointers off the bench. Klay Thompson had 10 points for Golden State.

End of first quarter, Warriors 25-21: Warriors feeding off crowd and shooting 55 percent with rookie Klay Thompson scoring 8 points. Dorell Wright has 7 and former Celtic Nate Robinson has 6. Four Celtics have 4 players with 4 points while Rajon Rondo has five assists.

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