Celtics end Warriors 54-game home win streak with 109-106 win

Celtics end Warriors 54-game home win streak with 109-106 win

The Boston Celtics knocked off the Golden State Warriors 109-106 at Oracle Arena … and no this is not an April Fool’s Day prank!

Boston, facing ridiculously insane odds just to compete let alone beat the Warriors, made all the clutch shots and defensive stops in the closing moments to secure what was easily their most impressive win of the season.

Not only did it snap a two-game losing skid, but also ended the Warriors’ NBA-record 54 game home winning streak.

In the closing seconds, it was a lay-up by Isaiah Thomas that put Boston ahead by three with 8.3 seconds to play.

And the Warriors had multiple chances to tie the game in the final moments, only to see Stephen Curry’s potential game-tying shot rim in and out.

Harrison Barnes made one last heave towards the rim but it was well short as time expired.

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 22 points while Evan Turner chipped in with 21. Jared Sullinger had 20 points along with 12 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Golden State was led by Curry’s 29 points.

Boston found its stride in the fourth quarter, pulling ahead by as many as 10 points (93-83) following a 3-pointer by Marcus Smart who came into the game having missed his last 16 3-point attempts.

But the Warriors battled back behind Draymond Green with a series of 3s and solid plays defensively.

But the Celtics continued to take Golden State’s best and didn’t flinch.

And their ability to weather the Warriors’ fourth quarter surge featured different players leading the charge at different moments, akin to the kind of season they have had which has featured different players stepping up at different moments when the opportunity presented itself.

After a tightly contested first half, both Thomas and Curry went into takeover mode and dominated the action.

Thomas, scoreless in the first half, scored 18 in the third quarter with a bevy of 3-pointers, floaters and driving lay-ups with his left and right hand.

But Curry would not be outdone, not at Oracle Arena where the Warriors came into the night having won an NBA-record 54 straight at home.

There were drives to the basket, ankle-breaking ball-handling and of course, 35-foot 3s.

It was a striking contrast from the first half when Curry had more turnovers (7) than points (6) in the first half.

But as dominant as Curry was, Boston still managed to go into the fourth quarter with an 82-79 lead.

'Big Baby' busted with 126 grams of pot, $92K in cash

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'Big Baby' busted with 126 grams of pot, $92K in cash

Former Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis was arrested last month in a hotel room in Aberdeen, Maryland, with more than 126 grams of marijuana and more than $92,000 in cash.

Davis, 32, who played on the Celtics 2008 championship team was last in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015, was arrested Feb. 7 after the hotel owner at the Aberdeen Hampton Inn smelled marijuana coming from Davis' room, WMAR-TV in Baltimore reported.

“They recovered 126 grams of marijuana,” Aberdeen Police Lt. William Reiber told WMAR. “In addition to that, there was a briefcase that contained 92,164 dollars of U.S. currency along with a ledger that contained language which is consistent with someone involved in the sale and distribution of narcotics.”

Davis is charged with seven counts of drug possession and distribution.

Police said the strains of marijuana were from a Los Angeles wholesaler that court records show Davis told police he was in business with.

He told officers he was visiting family in Maryland. Davis' attorney told WMAR the former Celtic (2007-11) adamantly maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court next month to clear his name. 


Horford helps Celtics get back on track

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Horford helps Celtics get back on track

Aggressive Al Horford was on the floor Friday night for the Boston Celtics, a good sign for a Celtics team that has been battered by injuries. 

As the oldest member of the team, the 31-year-old’s leadership has to become more example-driven as well as existing in the spoken word.

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Horford was on point for most of Friday’s 92-83 win over Orlando, a game that was far more lopsided in Boston’s favor than the final score might indicate.

The 6-foot-10 forward/center had a near double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. 

What was more telling was that Horford took a team-high 18 shots from the field, as clear a sign as you will find that Horford’s mindset on Friday was to attack Orlando’s defense early and often. 

And while it’s true that the Magic are one of the worst teams in the NBA, that doesn’t diminish the way Horford executed the plays called by head coach Brad Stevens as Horford played the role of primary scorer more often than usual, instead of being a major facilitator.

Having missed Boston’s previous two games, Horford was admittedly concerned if the lay-off might affect his conditioning. 

“Wind-wise I felt good,” Horford told reporters after Friday night’s win. “A little rusty on offense. But defensively I felt great. I felt our team came out with energy; just a good win.” 

A win that became a lot easier to get with Aggressive Al on the floor. 

 Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 92-83 win over Orlando.



Terry Rozier: He continues to provide the Celtics with really solid guard play, with all-star guard Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness) missing. Rozier had a game high-tying 17 points along with seven rebounds and five assists. 

Greg Monroe: The third quarter was when Monroe really began to take over the game. He finished with 17 points, 10 of which came in the third. 

Shelvin Mack: Not a lot to cheer about for Mack and the Magic who once again struggled in so many phases of the game. But Mack still managed to score 16 points. 



Al Horford: Having missed the two previous games, Horford was back in full force on Friday. He had 15 points on 6-for-18 shooting to go with nine rebounds

Boston rebounding: The Celtics control of the glass began from the outset and never really eased up. For the game, Boston grabbed 55 rebounds compared to just 40 by Orlando. 



Fourth-quarter Celtics: The only real blemish on an otherwise impressive performance by Boston, was the team’s overall play in the fourth quarter. Boston was outscored 31-17 and turned the ball over 10 times in the quarter.