When it comes to materials worth, Saturday night time’s TNT showdown towards the Golden State Warriors didn’t imply a lot, as a street recreation towards the Eleventh-ranked group within the opposing convention. Returning to the world of the group that handed them their heartbreaking NBA Finals loss carried a bit extra significance for the Boston Celtics, nevertheless, as they traveled to San Francisco hoping for some small measure of revenge. Finally, although, this wasn’t the night time, because the Warriors rode a powerful run late within the third quarter to tug away, handing the Celtics their sixth lack of the season, 123-107.
Al Horford once more sat out, as he stays within the NBA’s Well being and Security Protocols, and Robert Williams III’s imminent return stays at the very least a couple of days away. The Warriors, in the meantime, lacked the companies of Finals standout Andrew Wiggins because of proper adductor tightness. Jaylen Brown led the best way for the Celtics with 31 factors, whereas Jayson Tatum scored 18 factors however struggled to the tune of 6-of-21 capturing on the night. Klay Thompson paced the Warriors with 34 factors, who funneled most of their offense by him, Stephen Curry (32 factors) and Jordan Poole (20) en path to the win.
Regardless of the 2 groups’ reputations for scoring the basketball, it was a defense-forward affair from the opening tip. They began the sport a mixed 0-for-7 from the sector, and solely the Splash Brothers themselves appeared to search out any rhythm within the first quarter. Curry and Thompson mixed for 20 of the Warriors’ 33 first quarter factors, and the Warriors led the Celtics by eight heading into the second quarter.
With the Warriors keyed in on Tatum (4-of-12 within the first half), it was Brogdon who stepped as much as carry the load of the offense. He scored 12 factors in his first 10 minutes of play time because the Celtics labored to attract even with Golden State. Led by the play of Brogdon and Brown, the Celtics put up a whopping 38 factors within the second quarter, whilst their three-point makes an attempt continued to overlook paydirt.
The Warriors held them at bay, nevertheless. Thompson simply continued to attain and Jordan Poole began to search out his strategy to the free throw line. Thompson’s first half scoring complete surged to 24, with Curry and Poole including 30 mixed — together with a four-point play from Curry — and the Celtics gained simply three factors into the Golden State lead, coming into the halftime break trailing by 5, 68-63.
Thompson’s third foul of the night put Tatum on the road for 3 free throws to open the second half, and the Celtics appeared invigorated within the the early minutes. They lower the Golden State lead down to at least one possession a number of occasions early within the third quarter, getting as shut as two factors, however the Warriors rebuffed them because the quarter wore on. The Warriors recorded a fast 8-2 run with simply over 5 minutes remaining within the quarter to push forward by as many as 14. They might lead the Celtics by 12 coming into the fourth quarter, 95-83.
The sport danced on the verge of catastrophe within the opening minutes of the ultimate quarter, because the Warriors carried over their momentum and constructed their largest lead of the night time, forward by 17 factors with 9 minutes remaining within the recreation. The Celtics mounted a small comeback, reducing the lead right down to eight, but it surely proved to be little greater than a formality. Curry nailed a 27-point pull-up with slightly below 4 minutes to play, and that will finally be the dagger.
Subsequent up, the Celtics proceed their Western Convention street journey with a go to to the Los Angeles Clippers — their fifth out of six consecutive street video games — on Monday night time at 10:30 PM EST on NBA TV.