Curry scores 13 points over final 1:42, Warriors beat Boston
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 28, 2018 12:17 PM
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, drives the ball against Boston Celtics' Marcus Morris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Stephen Curry scored 49 points with 13 of those over the final 1:42 and hit eight three-pointers, lifting the Golden State Warriors past the Boston Celtics 109-105 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) in what is already being hyped as a potential NBA Finals matchup come June.
Curry made a go-ahead triple with 1:42 to play, scored on a driving layup the next time down before eight late free throws. He also made three of his triples over the final 4:20 of the third quarter for the Warriors, who had lost the last two matchups to the Celtics and two in a row at home. The Warriors fell 92-88 at Boston on Nov. 16 (Nov. 17, PHL time) in which they squandered a 17-point lead.
Kyrie Irving scored 37 points on 13-for-18 shooting with five three's, but Boston failed to build momentum from a win at the Clippers on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time), losing for the fifth time in six games.
Kevin Durant added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who haven't lost to the same Eastern Conference opponent twice in the same season during fourth-year coach Steve Kerr's tenure. Draymond Green had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Daniel Theis hit a three-pointer to just beat the shot clock buzzer with 6:59 left that got Boston within four, then Irving connected from deep 70 seconds later. Irving's two free throws at 4:53 made it 92-91.
Curry's three-pointer with 4:20 left in the third put Golden State up 70-63, he hit another at the 2:52 mark then connected once more at 2:12 as Golden State grabbed momentum heading into the final period up 80-73.
He missed from three off the front of the rim with 3:42 left in the game. Durant missed the first of two free throws with 2:40 to play and a jumper under pressure at 2:03.
The two-time NBA MVP, Curry scored 18 points in the third, shot 16-for-24 and 8-of-13 from long range while notching his second 40-point game of the season and 29th of his career in the regular season. Fans chanted "M-V-P!" as he made two free throws with 43 seconds left, two more at the 10.3 mark, another pair with 6.9 seconds left and two more at 1.6.
Irving was sensational himself.
Plenty familiar with Golden State from three straight Finals matchups with the Cavaliers, he hit his first seven shots with three three-pointers while Jaylen Brown converted his first four field goals including two triples. Boston built a 34-24 lead late in the opening quarter and stayed ahead by 10 going into the second.
He didn't miss his first shot until a driving floater 4:16 before halftime.
Celtics center Al Horford was back in the lineup after missing Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) game at the Clippers as a precaution a day after he hit his head in a loose-ball scramble in the closing seconds against the Lakers. While he didn't have a concussion Boston took no chances because he has a history of head injuries.
Coach Brad Stevens still doesn't expect Gordon Hayward to play again for Boston this season as he recovers from a gruesome broken left ankle suffered early in his Celtics debut last October.
Hayward hasn't lost his shooting stroke as he rehabs.
"He makes a lot of shots standing still. I mean a lot. He's a heck of a stand-still shooter now," Stevens said. "He's really good in a chair too. Nothing new. We don't anticipate him being back this season."
Kerr has been so impressed with the Celtics' resiliency without the star guard.
"I was devastated for him and I'm happy to see he's recovering well," Kerr said. "Their recovery as a team without him has been amazing. Two losses to start the year and then they just took off."
Celtics: Second-year F Jaylen Brown, who played collegiately at nearby Cal, scored 20 points. Durant hit a three from the top of the arc over Brown midway through the first quarter. ... Boston shot just 32.9 percent in beating the Warriors last time, including 7-of-32 from deep, but made 14-of-27 three's on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
Warriors: Curry has made at least five three-pointers in five straight games. ... G Patrick McCaw missed his second straight game but said he is improving from a strained mid-back and hopes a few days before the next game will give him time to be ready. ... Rookie F Jordan Bell missed his fourth straight game with left ankle inflammation. ... C Damian Jones was recalled from the G League Santa Cruz Warriors, who will play their second ever game at Oracle on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) against the Austin Spurs. So Jones could play again in Oakland on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) if sent down again.
Celtics: At Denver on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) to conclude a four-game road trip.
Warriors: At Utah on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) looking for a fourth straight road win in the series.