On a night where they struggled to make much of anything from the field, the Celtics managed to keep their winning streak alive at the free throw line on Thursday night.
After going without an attempt at the charity stripe in the first quarter Boston ended up taking 38 over the remaining three frames, knocking down 33 (86.8%) of them on its way to a 92-88 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Perhaps the biggest pair came with mere seconds left in the fourth. Up two, Jayson Tatum was intentionally fouled and went to the line with a chance to ice the game; the rookie didn’t disappoint, coolly draining both attempts to put the Celtics up by four with six seconds to go.
Eight seconds earlier Kyrie Irving had put the Celtics out in front with two free throwsof his own after he drew a foul from Draymond Green on a hard drive to the basket.
The Celtics also have their defense and Jaylen Brown to thank for tonight’s win. Boston held Golden State to an uncharacteristic 40.2% shooting from the field and 31.3% from beyond the arc. Overall, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green combined to shoot a miserable 11 for 33 from the floor with Curry scoring just 9 points, Thompson 13 and Green 11.
Despite their shooting woes, the Warriors had plenty of opportunities to put the Celtics away in this game, particularly in the third quarter where they started on a 19-7 run. Fueled by Brown on both ends, Boston responded with a 19-0 run of their own and wound up tying things up at 68 by the end of the period.
Brown scored 12 of his 22 points in the third and made a number of key plays defensively that allowed the Celtics to continue their run.
Boston will look for it’s 15th straight win on Saturday when they visit Atlanta.