OAKLAND, Calif. – Kyrie Irving was having a special game on Saturday night, the kind of game that’s usually good enough for a Boston Celtics win or at the very least, re-establish Irving as the best player on the floor that given night.
The Celtics’ all-star guard came up short on both fronts with Stephen Curry leading the Golden State Warriors to a 109-105 win.
Irving led Boston wit h37 points, only for Curry to see those 37 and raise it by a dozen as he finished with a game-high 49 points on just 24 shot attempts.
“For the most part he’s lights-out,” Irving said of Curry. “But when he’s shooting like that, taking some deep bombs … I felt we did a great job of sticking to our game plan but he was unbelievable. Gotta give credit where credit is due. When he’s making shots like that, it makes it easier for the team to create separation. That’s a tell-tale sign of a great player.”
And Curry was doling out similar praise for Irving.
“I just know what he’s about,” Curry said of Irving. “He’s an amazing player. The way he saw the game tonight was pretty crazy. I felt like we were defending pretty well. He just made some tough shots; a lot of tough shots and gave his team a lot of momentum but we try to bring the best out of each other and tonight was kind of one of those nights. Just a fun way to play, obviously we want to try and slow him down a little bit next time but it was fun.”
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 109-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Stephen Curry: The two-time league MVP delivered a masterful performance in leading the Warriors to a hard-fought win over the Celtics. He scored a game-high 49 points on 16-for-24 shooting from the field, to go with five assists and two steals.
Kyrie Irving: Similar to Curry, Irving spent most of the game carrying the weight of his team on is shoulders. He would finish with 37 points on 13-for-18 shooting from the field.
Jaylen Brown: Kudos to Brown for playing at a high level at both ends of the floor for most of the game. In addition to being one of the many Boston defenders who made life tougher than usual for Kevin Durant (7-for-18 shooting) and Klay Thompson (3-for-12), Brown also had 20 points with 14 coming in the first quarter.
Kevin Durant: He struggled making shots most of the game, but he was indeed a factor during Golden State’s second half surge towards victory. Durant finished with a near double-double of 20 points and nine rebounds in addition to having a team-best plus/minus of +9.
Draymond Green: It wasn’t one of Green’s better games shooting the ball, but he still managed to put his imprint on the game in several categories, tallying a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds while dishing out five assists and blocking three shots.
Jayson Tatum: It was another rough night for the rookie, tallying just four points while missing seven of his nine shot attempts.
Klay Thompson: The all-star guard was a non-factor most of the game offensively, scoring just seven points on 3-for-12 shooting from the field.