By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
Well that was fun.
The Celtics will have to settle for giving the Golden State Warriors their toughest win of the season rather than their first loss after losing in double-overtime 124-119.
Boston had their chances to put away the defending NBA champs, but both times Isaiah Thomas (18 points on 7 for 22 shooting and 10 assists) couldn’t get to the shot to fall.
Not at the end of the first overtime
Or the second
And that was after a wild fourth quarter where the Celtics and Kelly Olynyk had a chance with .7 second left to break the historic streak.
Olynyk had a good look, but again the shots just didn’t fall when they needed to. Not at the end of the overtimes, regulation, nor the Jae Crowder corner three to tie it in the final moments.
Shots were there. Celtics just didn’t seem to make the right ones.
- Stephen Curry had an off night shooting the ball hitting 9 of his 27 shots from the field. However he still had 38 points on the night to go along with 11 rebounds and 8 assists. He was also perfect from the foul line nailing all 14 of his shots.
- Draymond Green had a ridiculous game for the Warriors scoring 24 points to go with 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks. He and Jared Sullinger were going at it all night and was probably the biggest reason Golden State stayed in the game. Even with Curry’s shooting struggles.
- Avery Bradley was hot to start the game with a quick 15 points, but cooled off until the second half. He had the near impossible task of stopping Curry and did so pretty well. He stayed right up in his grill, giving him no airspace and was physical. Unfortunately it was a little too physical and fouled out of the game.
- Kelly Olynyk had his best game of the season and, for my money, his best game as a Celtic coming off the bench scoring 28 points on 11 of 21 shooting and shot 50% from beyond the arch. Big shot after big shot Olynyk hit and kept the Celtics alive.
- Evan Turner (13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists) also played big in the overtimes. He forced the ball inside and didn’t settle for any low percentage jump shots.
- 20 year old James Young (5 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists) played significant minutes for Brad Stevens proving he has earned the coach’s trust. With each passing game he has looked better and better. Friday was by far his best as a pro.
- Golden State had 39 free throw attempts and sank 31 of them while Boston hit 9 of their 16 shots from the charity strip. Yes, the officials were bad, but to be fair they also gave Curry a phantom foul and Sully got a mulligan on a free throw for no reason. Plus they are the defending champs and have the MVP (who saw the line 14 times) it’s just the way the league works.
- David Lee had a nice game facing his former squad. He dropped 10 points (5-8 shooting) and had 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
- Boston was phenomenal on defense during the game especially Amir Johnson (4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks), Jared Sullinger (7 points and 13 rebounds) and Jae Crowder (15 points and 5 rebounds). The Warriors, though, just played a little better.
The Celtics will travel to Charlotte to take on the Hornets tomorrow in the second night of a back to back. The Warriors will do the same when they finish off their road trip and try to remain unbeaten when they visit the Bucks in Milwaukee.