Celtics prove they’re better than Warriors (for one night, anyway)
|03.09.17 at 7:12 am ET|
Sure, there was no Kevin Durant. And, yes, they only play each other two times a season. But when you have the success the Celtics have had against the powerhouse Warriors, thoughts of what might happen in a playoff series are bound to start percolating. Maybe Brad Stevens’ team could win a game.
As was the case last season, the Celtics went into Oracle Arena and came out as victors over the NBA’s best team, this time beating Golden State, 99-86, Wednesday night. In case you forgot, the C’s win in Oakland the last time snapped the Warriors’ 54-game home winning streak.
(Of course, we’ll forget the 104-88 walloping the Warriors put on the Celtics at TD Garden with Durant back in November.)
This time, one of the aspects of the victory which made it memorable was the chant of “M-V-P” from the home crowd toward Celtics’ guard Isaiah Thomas, with Steph Curry having to stand on the same court at the same time. After hearing the shouts during both games against the Lakers and Clippers, Thomas extracted them this time with a 25-point effort.
Fairly spirited M-V-P chant for Thomas. Might be the first one for an opposing player I've heard here since Kobe was still great
— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) March 9, 2017
“We get them in other teams’ arenas too. We can’t be sensitive about that,” the reigning MVP, Curry, told reporters after the game.
What truly paced the Celtics past the Warriors, who entered the game 26-3 at home, was defense against Golden State’s shooters, Klay Thompson and Curry. The duo combined to go just 4-for-17 from beyond the 3-point stripe.
Another huge plus for the Celtics came from Kelly Olynyk, with the forward not only going 7-for-9 from the floor, but totaling a plus-29 in just 26 minutes. Also highlighting the reserves’ contribution was Jaylen Brown’s plus-13 in 15 minutes.
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