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.