A blistering third quarter run saw the Golden State Warriors score 18 points without reply as Kevin Durant and co. rolled over the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden.
Golden State Warriors 104-88 Boston Celtics
Boston won the tip on what was an electric Friday night on their home court, and Isaiah Thomas wasted no time in getting to work, setting up Johnson for the first bucket. Kevin Durant was booed relentlessly when he scored from a pull-up jumper, and the former OKC star was going to have to face a lot more stick for the rest of the game.
In the last minute of the first quarter, Celtics got the wind behind their sails and tied the game up, before the Warriors dropped a final bucket to go in 29-27 after the first. Even after all that basketball, the boos would be ringing around the ears of Kevin Durant, who tried to silence them in vein by some more pull-up shots, with compadre Curry having a similar make.
The Golden State Warriors hit the ground running as the half-time interval was on its way, but the hosts would be galvanized by Rozier's perfect pass to find Bradley for a thunderous dunk. Isaiah Thomas then drifted through the traffic for a neat lay-up, but Boston were down by 7 at the half, thanks mostly to 17 points from Durant and 15 from Thompson.
Rozier connects with Bradley for the big time alley-oop for the #Celtics on @ESPNNBA! #NBARapidReplay https://t.co/8vKLQSu6t5— NBA (@NBA) November 19, 2016
As the second half got under way, Boston were still in it, but would then be unpicked by a monstrous shift from the California side. An alley-oop from Curry to Durant for the throwdown was a real statement as the floodgates opened for a breathless 18-0 run, featuring an easy-looking triple from Curry and a mass of turnovers with loose balls and steals taking the game out of Boston's reach. Kevin Durant was unphased from stumbling into the group of photographers following a foul, and with 12 minutes left the Warriors had the win wrapped up.
⬅️🏀— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) November 19, 2016
The lead even stretched out to 30 points at one time, but the Celtics showed their resolve and chipped away, with a respectable recovery effort seeing Rozier hit a three and crash the board for another bucket. The seconds rolled down at 104-88, with the Warriors marching on to a lead opened up by that third quarter surge. Kevin Durant finished with a double double with 32 points and 10 rebounds, while Thompson was the highest scorer with 28. Isaiah Thomas was the Celtics' highest scorer, putting up 18.
Warriors earn their sixth-straight win with tonight's 104-88 victory in Boston. BOX SCORE: pic.twitter.com/kj3FwSIzon— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) November 19, 2016