The Celtics returned to the TD Garden Friday to take on the Golden State Warriors. Despite a loss in New York against the Knicks on Wednesday, Golden State guard Stephen Curry had a career game in MSG. Curry scored 54 points and putting his name in the conversation with the likes of Wilt, MJ, Reggie, and Kobe in terms of all-time scoring showcases at the world's most famous arena.
The Celtics had just returned from a 5 game west coast road trip. Boston went 2-3 on the road trip and was looking for a dose of home cooking against Stephen Curry and the Mark Jackson led Warriors on Friday evening.
Despite big time foul trouble from the Celtics best defensive guard Avery Bradley, Stephen Curry came back to earth on Friday evening with a 25 point output for Golden State. After Bradley picked up his fifth foul early in the third, Coach Doc Rivers switched to a zone defense which helped Boston take control in the second half as the Celtics won 94-86. Paul Pierce led Boston in scoring with 26 points, 18 of which came in the first half as Pierce hit 7 of his first ten shots. The "Truth" has been playing at a higher level as of late after playing most of the first half of the NBA season with a pinched nerve in his neck. Jeff Green looked to have sustained a wrist injury after a bad fall in the third quarter; however Green bounced back by scoring 10 of his 18 points in the final quarter. The Celtics travel to Philadelphia on Tuesday to play the 76ers, and then travel to Indiana to play the Pacers on Wednesday before returning home on Friday March 8th to host the Atlanta Hawks.
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