Stephen Curry drilled a three after getting Jaylen Brown to bite on a fake to end the third quarter to give the Warriors a 74-72 lead in Oakland. That was about the last thing to go right for Golden State as the Celtics won for the second straight year on the Warriors’ home floor 99-86.
As time expired in the third, Curry pumped fake and Brown flew by him as Curry drilled a three. Curry then pointed and yapped at Brown all the way back to the huddle. The talking seemed to fire up the Celtics and the game turned from there.
Boston ripped off a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter to reverse a deficit and take a commanding lead they would never relinquish. The run was highlighted by back to back triples from Jae Crowder.
The Celtics were able to overcome some sloppiness early that saw several turnovers and missed layups. And they did it with defense and hustle. The Celtics held the Warriors under 100 points for the first time in 56 consecutive home games. And they did it by allowing the Warriors just 12 fourth quarter points and by forcing nine turnovers in the final period.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics in scoring with 25 points, despite hitting just 7-20 from the floor. The Boston bigs were the difference. Al Horford scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds, including two big offensive boards late, and handed out six assists, while Kelly Olynyk came off the bench for 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 25 and 23 points respectively, but were just 4-17 from behind the arc for the game. The Celtics defended the three-point line very well throughout the night, holding Golden to State to 6-30 from downtown. And they forced 18 turnovers on the night.
After two disappointing losses, the Celtics showed fight tonight and bounced back against one of the league’s best team. Boston will complete the road trip on Friday night in Denver versus the Nuggets.