It was the toughest test for the Golden State Warriors this season, but ultimately they passed it. It took two overtimes and monster performances from Draymond Green and Stephen Curry, but they prevailed for the 28th time in a row and the 24th time this season to extend their historic start to the season.
Without Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, and going an exceptional defensive team in the Boston Celtics, it was a game many had pegged as one where the Warriors might fall. For the bulk of the game, the Warriors led, but then Curry got called for his fourth foul on controversial bad call. That’s based on the referees apology to Curry and the fact he was five feet out of the play. .
Ironically, it may have benefited the Warriors in the long run as it would have been on Green, who played the last few minutes of the fourth and both overtimes with five fouls.
The Celtics smelled blood and went at the Warriors, chomping away at the lead, and early in the fourth it was a 13-point turnaround and the Warriors were fighting to get the lead back. With 1:16 left and the Celtics up 101-98, Curry went on a five-point run to put the Warriors up two, but the Isaiah Thomas evened it out with a layup with 41 seconds left.
Both teams had shots to win the game. Both defenses stepped up. And it was onto the first overtime where the exhausted teams struggled to score, and both squads tallied just seven points. And similar to the end of regulation, both teams again had a chance to win it and failed.
In the second overtime, Shaun Livingston drew a foul with 13 seconds left and put the Warriors up three on the ensuing free throws. And from there it was a free-throw shooting contest, with Curry and Andre Iguodala making their freebies and salting the game away.
Curry scored 38 points, 11 boards, eight assists and two steals for the Warriors, but his true shooting percentage was “only” 57.2 percent, and he committed eight turnovers.
The better line belonged to Draymond Green, who had a historic “5×5”, meaning he tallied five or more in all five box-score lines. He had 24 points, 11 boards, eight assists, five steals, and five blocks.
The Warriors will try and extend the streak tomorrow (if they can wake up) when they play the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee in the final game of their seven-game road trip.