Instant Replay: Warriors dominated down the stretch in loss to Celtics

Instant Replay: Warriors dominated down the stretch in loss to Celtics


OAKLAND -- On a night when Kevin Durant was in the building, his teammates surely could have used him -- on offense and defense.

Durant’s absence Wednesday night left a void that could not be filled by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and the Warriors ended up with a 99-86 loss to the Boston Celtics at Oracle Arena.

Thompson (25 points) and Curry (23) combined for 48 points, while the rest of the Warriors could muster only 38. Draymond Green was the only other player to reach double figures, with 13 points.

The bench scoring that was so essential Monday night in Atlanta never quite materialized, as reserves totaled 17 points, led by nine from Andre Iguodala.

The Warriors (52-12) shot only 44.0 percent for the game -- 20 percent (6-of-30 from 3-point distance) -- and for the first time this season lost a game in which they outrebounded their opponent.

Point guard Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points to lead Boston (41-24).


Thompson played a solid overall game, contributing at both ends.

Thompson’s line: 25 points (11-of-23 from the field, 2-of-8 from beyond the arc, 1-of-2 from the line), six rebounds, three blocks and one assist. He played 34 minutes and finished plus-2.


The teams spent most of the evening either tied or exchanging leads -- until the 8:10 mark of the fourth quarter, when the Celtics reeled off a 17-3 run to take a 93-79 lead on a Thomas 3-pointer with 4:00 remaining.

The Warriors got no closer than nine over the final four minutes.


Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) was listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Celtics: C/F Al Horford (Right elbow sprain) and F/C Jonas Jerebko (Upper respiratory infection) were listed as questionable and upgraded to available. James Young (tailbone) was downgraded to out.


The Warriors leave Thursday morning for Minnesota, where on Friday night they face the Timberwolves at Target Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 Pacific.

Warriors offer $100 monthly pass at Oracle Arena with no view of court


Warriors offer $100 monthly pass at Oracle Arena with no view of court

The Warriors clearly want fans in Oracle Arena. Watching the game is a different story, though.

On Monday, the Warriors sent an email to fans offering a monthly "In The Building Pass," according to ESPN. The pass gets you into Oracle Arena for every home game at $100 per month.

There's a catch, though, and it's a big one. The mobile pass doesn't include a seat, or any view of the actual court. It will grant you access to Oracle Arena bars and restaurants, and fans can watch the game on TVs in the club area.

It's believed this is the first time a professional sports team is offering access to fans to be in the building for home games, yet they actually can't watch the game with a view of the court.

The Warriors will play in front of a sold-out home crowd for the 300th consecutive game Tuesday when they host the Hawks. Both of the Warriors' two losses this season have come at home.

NBA rumors: Carmelo Anthony's reps reaching out to other teams


NBA rumors: Carmelo Anthony's reps reaching out to other teams

If he had his way, Carmelo Anthony would suit up for the Houston Rockets on Thursday night against the Warriors. But Anthony and the Rockets aren't discussing a return, and his representatives reached out to other NBA teams Monday in an effort to find a possible landing spot, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, citing league sources.

Anthony missed the last two games with an "illness," and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Sunday that the Rockets were not planning to release the 34-year-old. But Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni reportedly has moved on, and he plans to replace Anthony's minutes with rookie Gary Clark beginning Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets, according to Wojnarowski. Anthony will remain away from the Rockets.

In 10 games with the Rockets, Anthony averaged 13.4 points on 40.5 percent shooting -- 32.8 percent from beyond the arc. Houston also was much better with Anthony off the court than on it. 

Anthony might not play against the Warriors on Thursday, but whether or not he has a new team by then is another question entirely. Wojnarowski wrote that "Anthony's best short-term course of action could be to exercise patience" as NBA teams are hesitant to make roster moves early in the season.