Isaiah Thomas connected on a layup with eight seconds left to stretch the Celtics’ lead out to 109-106. Steph Curry came back down and attempted a wide open three with five seconds left. He missed.
The Isaiah Thomas layup would be the game’s last basket, and 109-106 was the final. The miss by Curry was an odd one. Not only did he have a great look, but he was also 8/13 from three before that attempt. Golden State lost for the first time at home in nearly 14 months after winning 54 consecutive home games.
At halftime, the Celtics were up 45-43 despite no points from Isaiah Thomas, who was 0/7 from the field. Evan Turner and Jared Sullinger had 11 each, and Avery Bradley had 10. Curry’s half wasn’t much better. He shot 2/6 from the field and registered just six points while Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green led Golden State with nine and eight points, respectively.
Both star point guards came out firing in the third quarter and had one of the most entertaining duels this year. Thomas had 18 of Boston’s 37 points on 7/9 shooting while Curry was unconscious from behind the arc. Steph’s total for the quarter was 21 points on a perfect 6/6 shooting from downtown. The Celtics led 82-79 going into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was not kind to either guard, and both saw their scoring outputs drop significantly. Curry finished with just two points on 1/5 shooting for the quarter, including the missed game-tying three. Draymond Green was the high-man for the Warrior, tallying eight points in the quarter. The Celtics leading scorer was Evan Turner, who had 10 in the fourth and finished with 21. Isaiah Thomas had just four points on 2/4 shooting, but one was the layup he made late to stretch the lead.
Steph Curry finished the night with a game-high 29 points on 8/14 from three, five rebounds, and six assists. His counterpart, Isaiah Thomas, had 22 points on 9/20 shooting and six assists in the victory.
Both teams are in action again on Sunday. The Celtics travel to LA to matchup against the Lakers, and the Warriors host the Trail Blazers and hope to start another winning streak.
Around The League
The Cavaliers downed the Hawks in OT 110-108 behind 29 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists from LeBron James. Paul Millsap had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Jeff Teague had 28 points and nine assists to lead Atlanta.
Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his fifth triple-double of the year and registered 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in a win over the Magic, 113-110. Jabari Parker had 26 points, and Nikola Vucevic scored 22 to lead Milwaukee.
With Dwyane Wade out, Gerald Green had 30 points in Miami’s 112-106 win over the Kings. Goran Dragic was second with 18, and rookie Justise Winslow had 12 off the bench. Darren Collison had 26 to lead the Kings, and Seth Curry and Rudy Gay had 21 and 20, respectively.
PHI 91 – CHA 100
DAL 98 – DET 89
BKN 91 – NYK 105
CLE 110 (OT) – ATL 108
ORL 110 – MIL 113
TOR 99 – MEM 95
MINN 85 – UTAH 98
MIA 112 – SAC 106
BOS 109 – GS 106
WASH 106 – PHX 99