David Lee put up 18 points and added 10 rebounds, his 31st double-double of the season, to lead the Golden State Warriors to a blowout victory over the Boston Celtics, 108-88. The Warriors picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 28 assists and turning it over only 11 times. This is the seventh win for Golden State (38-24) in its last 10 games.
Lee shot 9-17 from the field. Despite the loss, Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points off the bench for Boston on 6-12 shooting, including 3-6 from behind the arc. Brandon Bass chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds.
As expected, the Celtics offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Warriors defense that ranks second-best in the league at forcing misses (47.3% opponents' eFG%). After finishing with an eFG% of 44.1% in this game, they rank 26th in the NBA in that metric at 47.3% this season. The Warriors posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.55. This year, they are undefeated (4-0) when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Celtics are 4-7 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
This drops Boston (20-41) to 0-2 against Golden State on the year.
Coming up, the Warriors take on the Atlanta Hawks, who are 26-33 on the season. The Celtics match up with the Brooklyn Nets, currently sitting at 30-29 this year. The Warriors have a 1-0 record against Atlanta this season. The Celtics have lost their last two meetings with Brooklyn.