The Golden State Warriors have clawed back from a 17-point deficit to deliver their best win of the season against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night at Chase Center.
Trailing 87-70 in the third-quarter and with superstar Stephen Curry in foul trouble, the Warriors found a way to fight back and force overtime despite never leading in the second-half.
The Golden State Warriors blended youth with experience in a nail-biting 132-126 overtime victory over the Boston Celtics
Curry went out of the game with 6:07 left in the third, having picked up his fifth foul on a Jaylen Brown and-1 layup. With Brandin Podziemski out for the second-half after a back injury late in the second-quarter, Golden State's chances appeared slim as the Boston offense continued to roll.
Yet the two-time MVP inspired a comeback win to remember, playing the entirety of the fourth-quarter and overtime to reignite Boston nightmares from the 2022 NBA Finals.
Curry had 33 points on 11-21 shooting, including 20 in the final 17 minutes. His dagger three at the end of overtime was a moment for the ages, with the Warriors having been clinging to a one-point lead in a defensive-minded period.
Much has been made of the Warriors gulf between their experienced core and younger players, but they combined in a manner perhaps never seen before to produce the heart-stopping victory over the league-leading Celtics.
While Curry, Chris Paul and Klay Thompson have been through these moments thousands of times, the same can't be said for third-year forward Jonathan Kuminga and rookie big man Trayce Jackson-Davis.
Kuminga had led a second-quarter comeback for the Warriors that cut the half-time deficit to three, recording 13 points, five rebounds and two assists in the first-half. The athletic two-way forward then forced a miss on a potential game-winner from Jayson Tatum at the end of regulation, much to the love of Curry who began yelling at Kuminga in admiration. He followed that up a steal and slam to begin the scoring in overtime, finishing the game with 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in nearly 34 minutes.
Jackson-Davis had become a storyline after his impressive display against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, and the 23-year-old's reputation took another almighty step in over 28 minutes on Tuesday night.
The 57th overall pick had his first career double-double, recording 10 points and 13 rebounds. More notable was his three blocks, including a highlight rejection on Brown as the Celtics' wing attempted to throw down a dunk with his left hand in overtime.
Tuesday's game saw the best of the Warriors young and older players. The calmness of Paul and the shot-making of Curry and Paul was mixed with the youthful exuberance and athleticism of Kuminga and Jackson-Davis, forming a closing five that got the job done in moments where Golden State had failed so far this season.
Thompson helped keep the Warriors close enough while Curry sat in the second-half of the third-quarter, ultimately finishing with 24 points, four rebounds and four assists. Paul found his shot in the second-half, scoring nine points to go with seven rebounds and 12 assists that came with zero turnovers.
Dario Saric and Moses Moody added double-digits off the bench, with Golden State shooting 45.9% from the floor and 40% (20-50) from three-point range. They also recorded just 10 turnovers against a Boston defense that entered as the second-best in the league.
The Warriors have now won three-straight games to give their season a heartbeat, with the hope this victory will provide major confidence and momentum moving forward, starting with a meeting against Jordan Poole and the Washington Wizards at Chase Center on Friday.