Final: Celtics 128, Warriors 95 – C’s beat down the defending champs

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OAKLAND -- In the face of a horrific 1-5 start after the All-Star Break, the Celtics played their best game of the season against the defending champions on Tuesday night, dominating the Warriors for 48 minutes on their way to a 128-95 victory. Gordon Hayward came off the bench to score a game-high 30 points on 12-of-16 FG, leading a well balanced C's scoring attack that featured five different players scoring in double figures. Boston tied their season-high in assists with 36 and led by double digits from the second quarter on, taking advantage of a shorthanded Warriors lineup that was missing Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston. Kyrie Irving added a double-double with 19 points and 11 assists while Steph Curry led the hosts with 23 points.

The win give the Celtics their third win at Oracle Arena in the last four years and improves their road record on the year against over .500 teams to 3-10. They won't have to wait long for their next test as a rested Kings squad awaits on Wednesday night in Sacramento in the second leg for a four-game trip.

First Half Notes