Steph Curry cooks Celtics for 49 points, Warriors hold on for 40th win
WARRIORS HOLD OFF CELTICS
OAKLAND -- In a game with playoffs-level intensity, the Warriors on Saturday pulled out a 109-105 win over the Celtics before a rollicking sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.
Stephen Curry poured in a season-high 49 points to win his point guard duel with Boston’s Kyrie Irving, who finished with 34.
Curry made six free throws inside the final 11 seconds to secure the victory.
Kevin Durant totaled 20 points and nine rebounds, while Draymond Green had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Warriors evened their two-game season series.
After a relatively slow start, the Warriors (40-10) limited the Celtics to 38.1-percent shooting over the final three quarters.
Curry spent the evening keeping the scoreboard operator busy and primarily carrying the Warriors on offense.
Curry’s line: 49 points (16-of-24 shooting from the field, 8-of-13 from deep, 9-of-10 from the line), five assists, four rebounds and two steals. He played 37 minutes and finished plus-6.
After an Al Horford 3-pointer gave the Celtics a 57-54 lead with 10:55 left in the third quarter, the Warriors answered with a 16-6 run, going up 70-63 on a Curry step-back 3-pointer with 4:20 left in the quarter.
The Warriors, who trailed throughout the first half, outscored the Celtics 30-19 in the third and took an 80-73 lead into the fourth.
Though the Warriors led for most of the fourth, Boston twice fought back into one-point leads before the Warriors closed it out by outscoring Boston 14-10 over the final 2:18.
Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L foot soreness) was listed as probable and upgraded to available. G Pat McCaw (mid-back strain) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out. F Jordan Bell (L ankle inflammation) was listed as out.
Celtics: F/C Al Horford (head) was listed as probable and upgraded to available. F Gordon Hayward (L ankle rehab) and G Marcus Smart (R hand laceration) were listed as out.
The Warriors return to action Tuesday in Salt Lake City, where they face the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 5 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 6:05.