Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/18

Game 1: Tuesday, February 18th
Celtics125Final
Warriors117
Game 2: Wednesday, March 26th
Warriors107Final
Celtics95

Celtics 125

(31-23, 14-14 away)

Warriors 117

(24-29, 15-12 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, February 18, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 30 39 26 30125
    GS 28 21 33 35117

    Top Performers

    Boston: P. Pierce 31 Pts, 3 Reb, 12 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Golden State: A. Jamison 39 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Pierce scores 31 as Boston rips Golden State

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- With their best Western Conference road trip in 12 years already assured, the Boston Celtics are looking for more.

    Paul Pierce
    Pierce

    Paul Pierce had 31 points and 12 assists as the Celtics defeated the Golden State Warriors 125-117 Tuesday night to improve to 4-1 on their current trip with a game remaining in Sacramento on Thursday.

    ''We've had a good trip so far and we have an opportunity to have a great trip,'' said Antoine Walker, who added 17 points. ''Paul did a tremendous job of finding guys and getting everyone involved.''

    Walter McCarty added a season-high 24 points and J.R. Bremer matched his career-high with 22. Boston also had a season-low four turnovers, the fewest ever by an opponent in Warriors' franchise history.

    ''When you come to the West Coast and play like this there's no way to feel disappointed,'' said McCarty. ''We have a lot of guys who can shoot the ball and who can pass the ball.''

    Boston won in Oakland for the first time since Feb. 15, 1995.

    Pierce recorded his 17th double-double, matching his career high set last season.

    ''It was all keyed by the passing,'' said Boston coach Jim O'Brien. ''We did an outstanding job of finding the open man and got really good looks at the 3s.''

    Antawn Jamison scored 39 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Warriors, who lost for just the fourth time in their past 14 home games. Gilbert Arenas also recorded a double-double with 22 points and 12 assists, as did Troy Murphy with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

    ''We had a hard time defending the 3, but we also had other holes defensively,'' said Warriors coach Eric Musselman. ''We didn't sustain a team effort, or force turnovers, and that cost us.''

    As usual, the Celtics utilized their long-range shooting, making 14 of 29 attempts.

    ''It's the second half of the season and it's time to step up,'' said Pierce, who scored 33 and 30 in two games against Golden State last year. ''We're trying to position ourselves for the playoffs.''

    Bobby Sura's 3-pointer with 3:13 remaining pulled Golden State to 109-105, capping a 10-0 run, but the Celtics were able to extend their lead to 10 points a minute later.

    Jamison scored 12 points as the Warriors drew to 95-82 entering the fourth quarter.

    ''We never got into a comfort zone,'' said Jamison. ''We didn't do a good job of stopping them and Boston never really let us back into it.''

    The Celtics took control during the second quarter, breaking a 32-all tie with a 13-2 run. They eventually extended their lead to 69-49 by halftime when McCarty hit a 3-pointer in the final second of the half.

    The 39 second-quarter points and 69 at halftime were season highs by a Warriors' opponent. The Celtics made 50 percent (8-for-16) of their 3-point attempts in the half.

    Bremer scored 14 points in the first quarter -- hitting four of five 3-pointers -- to help Boston open a 30-28 advantage.

    Game notes


    Walker played in his 500th career game. ... The Warriors are the only NBA team to use the same starting lineup in every game this season. ... Pierce, hampered by a hamstring pull, started his 258th consecutive game, currently the second longest streak in the NBA. ... Jamison has the third longest starting streak, 217 games. ... Celtics center Tony Battie returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with the flu. ... Arenas, Murphy and Jason Richardson were honored in a pregame ceremony for their efforts in the Rookie Challenge over the All-Star Weekend. ... The Celtics went 4-1 on their Western road trip during the 1990-91 season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    BOS
    GS
    Points 125 117
    FGM-FGA 47-96 (.490) 40-89 (.449)
    3PM-3PA 14-29 (.483) 7-22 (.318)
    FTM-FTA 17-21 (.810) 30-42 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-36 24-56
    Assists 29 25
    Turnovers 4 15
    Steals 3 1
    Blocks 3 8
    Fast Break Points 5 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Boston
    Golden State
    Paul Pierce Pierce
    Points: 31
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 39
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0