Stephen Curry had missed his previous five shots in the fourth quarter, but delivered when it was needed most.
Curry’s 23-foot jumper with three seconds remaining proved to be game-winner, as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 99-97 at Oracle Arena on Friday night.
The Warriors had maintained a steady, albeit small lead over the Celtics for the majority of the game. They started the game on a 10-2 run, but the Celtics kept grinding and keeping the score close. Jared Sullinger had himself quite a night, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds off the bench.
Golden State took a 74-67 lead into the fourth quarter in a low-scoring affair. But the Celtics, who do not typically shoot the three-ball well, made several from beyond-the-arc to draw closer. Jeff Green’s driving layup with 11 seconds to go tied the game at 97-97.
Tale of the Tape
- Field Goals: 41.3% (38-92)
- 3-Pointers: 30.8% (8-26)
- Rebounds: 46
- Assists: 23
- Turnovers: 11
- Field Goals: 45.2% (38-84)
- 3-Pointers: 36.8% (7-19)
- Rebounds: 49
- Assists: 19
- Turnovers: 17
The Warriors may have squeaked away with a victory, but they did not look like themselves on the court, probably as a result of tired legs from the seven-game road trip. It is often said that the first game after a long road trip feels like another road game, and the Warriors may have fell into that psychological trap a little bit.
Although he hit the game-winner, Curry finished with 19 points on 7-of-18 shooting, and made just three of eight 3-point attempts. There was a possession in the third quarter where Curry missed two consecutive open threes, which is hard to believe. Klay Thompson also struggled, shooting just 5-of-17 for 17 points.
Iguodala Finally Shows Up
Since coming back from injury, Andre Iguodala has looked rather passive offensively. He did make the buzzer-beater against the Hawks last week, but overall, he has not provided the scoring punch that he is capable of bringing.
On Friday night, fans caught a glimpse of the Iguodala that was once tabbed to be the next “AI” in Philadelphia. He led the Warriors with 22 points, also grabbing seven boards and dishing out five assists. Most impressively, he did that on 9-of-14 shooting. Talk about efficiency.
Good to Know
The Warriors are winners of 11 of their last 12 games, having won 10 in a row before losing to the Nets earlier this week.
Tweet of the Night
Mark Jackson taking a shot at….himself?
Warriors HC Mark Jackson on #49ers HC Jim Harbaugh. “Job well done, about time we got some good coaching in the Bay Area.” Ha ha
— Kevin Lynch (@klynch49) January 11, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors have four days off before playing the Nuggets at home next Wednesday, giving them plenty of time to rest and recuperate from the recent brutal stretch of games.