Originally created 01/06/01

Warriors top Celtics



BOSTON -- Rick Pitino didn't quit after his team's latest embarrassing defeat. Instead, he apologized -- over and over.

"I am sorry to all our fans and all the people who cover the team," Pitino said after his team lost its fourth straight game, 100-88 to the Golden State Warriors. "We weren't totally consumed with winning tonight and I apologize. We'll move on."

Antawn Jamison had 25 points and 14 rebounds and Larry Hughes added 18 points to lead the Warriors to their third win in their last four road games.

"Tonight I'm extremely disappointed," Pitino continued. "My stomach right now is as bad as I've ever been and I've had some 105 degree temperatures.

Golden State is 5-3 in its last eight games and improved to 4-11 on the road. The Celtics were booed off the court after allowing the Warriors to score the final 10 points.

"The loss five games ago made me sick to my stomach and this one also made me sick to my stomach," said Celtics forward Antoine Walker. "We lost as a team. We lost and that's all I know. They had more points than us."

Bob Sura gave the Warriors a 87-82 lead with 6:53 remaining on an acrobatic layup under the basket. But Walker hit from inside and Paul Pierce followed with a pair of free throws, cutting the deficit to 87-86.

Marc Jackson took it strong to the basket and Jamison followed with a pair of free throws to give the Warriors a 94-88 advantage, and Mookie Blaylock gave the Warriors an eight-point lead on a jumper with 1:52 left.

"Our record doesn't describe what type of team this is," Jamison said. "We are finding ways to win now instead of to lose."

Pierce led the Celtics with 36 points and eight rebounds and Kenny Anderson added 17 points and nine assists.

"I guess when you look at guys faces around the locker room, it looks as low as its been," Pierce said of the Celtics recent struggles. "Especially a loss like this when you get booed off the court. Playing on the road is probably one of the best things for us right now."

Blaylock finished with nine points, nine rebounds and 13 assists. Jackson scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

The teams, among the worst in the league in records and points allowed, exchanged leads throughout much of the second half. There were 10 lead changes in the third quarter alone.

"They gave us a handful tonight and it was a close game all the way through," said Golden State coach Dave Cowens. "Any win for us is big and the first win on a road trip is always nice."

Adrian Griffin's 3-pointer with one second left gave Boston a 52-47 halftime advantage.

Chris Porter led the Warriors with 13 first-half points, but the rookie forward left the game midway through the third quarter after spraining his left ankle. He went to a local hospital for X-rays.

Notes: Boston reserve point guard Milt Palacio was waived. He played 12 games and averaged 2.7 points and 1.3 assists. ... Golden State re-signed forward Bill Curley to a 10-day contract. Curley was waived on Wednesday and has appeared in 11 games this season, averaging 1.6 points per contest. ... Celtics center Mark Blount made his second straight start in place of Tony Battie (sprained ankle).