Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Warriors 132, Celtics 126 [OT]: Stephen Curry drops 33 points to snap Boston's five-game win streak

The Celtics blew a 17-point lead in their 132-126 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night at the Chase Center.

Derrick White scored a season-high 30 points on 11-of-24 from the field, including knocking down seven 3-pointers, while Jaylen Brown had 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead Boston, who fell to 20-6 on the season after getting their five-game win streak snapped.

Jayson Tatum struggled on 5-of-17 shooting for 15 points, to go along with eight rebounds and seven assists. The All-Star forward limped to the locker room after rolling his left ankle at the 7:45 mark of the opening quarter. He would return to the bench about four minutes later and was back on the floor to start the second period.

Al Horford started in place of Kristaps Porzingis (calf) to notch 13 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the C's, who were winners of eight over the last 10 to start their road trip.

Meanwhile, Stephen Curry netted 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and OT after picking up his fifth foul midway through the third quarter to lead Golden State's comeback from a double-digit deficit.

Klay Thompson finished with 24 points, Jonathan Kuminga added 17 and rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis recorded first first career double-double of 10 points, 13 rebounds for the Warriors -- that have now won three straight and improved to a 13-14 record.

Boston's bench scored 17 of the team's 40 first quarter points, following Tatum's brief exit to lead by 10 heading into the second, before the Warriors used a 13-2 spurt to even the score at 54 apiece with 4:14 left in the half.

Once Curry headed to bench with his fifth foul, the Celtics took advantage as White had 11 points in the third -- Boston was ahead by much as 17 and were up 97-86 to start the fourth quarter.

Thompson sank a 3-ball with 3:56 left in regulation to get the Warriors within four (114-110), to spark a 14-7 run -- capped off by back-to-back 3s again by Thompson and Curry to knot it up at 121.

In the final 1:31 of the fourth neither team was able to put the ball through the hoop, including Boston, as they failed to convert a field goal after four offensive rebounds on one possession and again at the buzzer -- as Tatum missed a 3-point attempt to send it into overtime.

The Warriors took the lead in the extra session after a combined six missed shots by both teams, which was their first since the second quarter, on a Kuminga dunk to put the home team up for good.

Horford's 23-foot made 3-pointer with 35 seconds left to play gave the Celtics life, as they trailed 127-126. But, Golden State responded with Curry knocking down one of his signature high arcing 3s on a Chris Paul (nine points, 12 assists) offensive board for the game-winner with 11.1 ticks left on the clock.
"We could have gotten layups and settled for 3s," Brown said in his postgame comments. "We had open looks and sometimes when you have numbers, you penetrate and go to the basket...It's the league. Shit happens. Got to get ready for the next one."
The Celtics continue their four-game western swing when they head to Sacramento to face the Kings (16-9) Wednesday -- on a second night of a back-to-back. NBA TV has the tip-off at 10:00 pm ET.

Game Notes:

Boston was 41.2% from the field, including going 17-of-58 (29.3%) from 3-point range, while the Warriors were 45.9% from the floor and 20-of-50 (40%) from deep. The Celtics won the points in the paint battle 56-54 but were out-rebounded 59-55. Golden State dished out 29 assists (10 turnovers) on 50 baskets to the C's 28 dimes (eight turnover) on 47 made shots.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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