At the Half: Durant booed, C's keep it close


BOSTON -- It wasn’t one of the Boston Celtics’ best games this season, but they still managed to keep the game relatively close against the Golden State Warriors who held a 55-48 halftime lead over the Celtics.
The biggest story going into the game centered around Kevin Durant who spurned the Celtics last summer to sign with the Warriors.
Naturally, he was booed … a lot.
When he was introduced, he was greeted by boos. When touched the ball, more boos.
But rather than throw him off his game, it seemed to make him even more focused as he torched any and every Celtics defender who attempted to guard him.
And while the Celtics were relatively close the entire first half, there was no mistaking that the Warriors were controlling the action.
To the Celtics’ credit, they were within striking distance going into a half in which they didn’t play one of their better halves of basketball this season.
They were shooting 41.9 percent from the field with seven turnovers that led to 10 points for Golden State.
And once again, they were minus a pair of starters in Al Horford (concussion) and Jae Crowder (ankle).
Both players will travel with the team for Saturday night’s game at Detroit, but it’s unclear if they will play.
One good sign was that both were on the Celtics bench in the first half, a clear indicator of just how close each is to getting back on the floor.
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half:

Kevin Durant: Once again the biggest free agent pick-up this summer reminded us all why he was so coveted. Durant seemingly got whatever shot he wanted in the first half, tallying 15 points in addition to four rebounds and three assists.
Klay Thompson: He quickly got into a nice groove and never let up, finishing with 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting in the first half.
Isaiah Thomas: Like most of his teammates, he struggled making shots but did the next best thing – he got to the free throw line. Thomas had 12 points which included a 6-for-6 performance from the line.
Avery Bradley: He didn’t get off to the best of starts, but is on track for what would be a seventh double-double this season. At the half he has six points and five rebounds.
Stephen Curry: The Celtics have done a good job defending him and Curry has missed a couple shots he normally makes. It adds up to a rough start for the two-time league MVP who has six points on 3-for-10 shooting.
Kelly Olynyk: He was a non-factor for most of the 14 minutes he was on the floor, going scoreless with three rebounds and two assists.

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