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Wrapup: Warriors 101, Celtics 83

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  December 30, 2012 02:19 AM

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Celtics again were beaten easily on the road, their 11th defeat of the season by double digits. Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Jeff Green combined for 12-for-50 shooting as the Celtics shot 36 percent and never led after early in the first quarter.

The defense was porous most of the night as the Warriors were allowed to shoot freely from the perimeter. The Celtics are now 5-10 on the road and below .500 (14-15).

Kevin Garnett, who attempted a season-low six shots, said defense is the issue.

“Since I’ve been here we’ve always been a defensive team that’s been fueled by the defense that’s turned over to some offense,” said forward Kevin Garnett, who attempted a season-low six shots. “And right now we’re not that. Somehow through practice, through repetitions we’ve got to change that.”

Garnett said the Celtics are entering a critical stage in determining their season’s fate.

“We gotta keep working at this,” he said. “This is when you start to see who’s with you. This is when you see who really wants it, who really wants to get down and work and grind for it and we’re about to find that out.”

When asked if he believes the Celtics have the potential to be a great club, he said: “We have no choice, man. If we wanna be great, we gotta stop talking about it and actually do it.”

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