Jayson Tatum (0) of the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) have a post game conversation following Sat Apr 17, 2021 game at the Boston Garden (AP News photo)
By Jerry Feitelberg
The Boston Celtics snapped the Golden State Warriors’ four-game winning streak Saturday night by a score of 119-114. The Warriors’ incomparable Stephen Curry made history with his tenth consecutive 30 plus point game. The only other player 33 years old to have done that was Kobe Bryant. Cury tallied 47 points, but it was not enough to put another game in the win column. Boston’s Jayson Tatum put 44 points on the board to lead the Celtics to a thrilling 119-114 win over Golden State.
The Warriors played well for most of the first half. Curry led the Warriors with 14 points in the first quarter. Golden State led by nine 33-24 after the first 12 minutes of action. The Warriors’ small-ball offense continued to shine as they increased the lead to 16, 66-50 late in the second quarter. Boston’s offense woke up and went on a 10-0 run to trail by six 66-60 at the end of the first half. Curry had 22. Andrew Wiggins added 12, and Kent Bazemore knocked down 14. Jayson Tatum was Boston’s leading scorer with 23.
The Celtics continued their run to start the second half. They gained the lead for the first time, 71-68. Curry made a three to tie the game at 71. Boston went on a 7-0 run to go ahead 78-17. From that point until the final few seconds of the game, the teams switched leads several times. The teams were tied at the end of the third quarter 89-89.
In the fourth quarter, Boston led 101-100. Curry made two threes, and Andrew Wiggins also connected on a three to give the Warriors the lead 109-103. The Celtics scored the next eight points. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each hit a three to put Boston ahead 111-109 with 1:16 left to play. Kevon Looney made a two-point bucket to tie the game at 111. Tatum made a two-pointer, and Kemba Walker hit a three to give Boston the lead 116-111. Curry answered with a three of his own to make it 116-114 with 18 seconds left. The Warriors fouled Jayson Tatum, and he made both free throws. The Celtics added one more point to win 119-114.
Game Notes and Stats: With the loss, the Warriors are 28-29 for the year. Boston won their sixth in a row and are now 31-26.
Cury had quite a night with 47 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. He was 15-for-27 from the floor. He connected on 11 threes in 19 tries from downtown. Wiggins finished with 22. Bazemore 16, Poole 12, and Draymond Green five. Green had ten assists. The Warriors shot 51% from the floor. The Warriors made 17 three in 40 attempts. Boston took 14 more shots than the Warriors. Boston’s defense forced 17 Warriors turnovers that resulted in 23 points for Boston.
The Warriors meet the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night in Philadelphia. The game will start at 4:30 pm