Celtics match last season’s start

Before the Celtics met the Warriors last night, statisticians made certain reference books were in place and the Elias Sports Bureau’s telephone number was handy.

They did not have to wait long to start researching and making calls, the Warriors’ up-tempo style and lack of defense contributing to a fast start.

First, the Celtics’ superlatives. They set season highs for first-quarter scoring (35 points) and for a game in a 119-111 victory.

They also had several lows: surrendering the most points in a half (67) since the Warriors scored 69 in a 119-117 win Feb. 20; allowing the most points in an opening half since Charlotte scored 68 March 14, 2005; allowing the most points in a quarter (39) since Jan. 20, 2007 at Washington.

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