The Warriors' win also snapped the Celtics' win streak, which was at five in a row overall and 10 in a row on their home floor, although, they do maintain the five-seed in the Eastern Conference. Kyrie Irving had 32 points and 10 assists, while Al Horford finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds in Boston's first loss at the TD Garden since December 19th against the Phoenix Suns. The game had the feel of a playoff showdown, which included 21 lead changes, and gave the fans a glimpse of a possible NBA Finals matchup, especially now that LeBron James is in the Western Conference.
The Warriors took the lead for good with 47 seconds to play, as Klay Thompson went 2-for-2 at the free throw line, which were his only two free throw attempts on the night. The other half of the Splash Bros finished with 21 points on the night. Marcus Smart had a chance to give the Celtics a win late, but missed on a three-point try, while Irving also missed on a baseline attempt as time ran out.
The Warriors struggled to seal the game at the free throw line, most notably Draymond Green going 0-for-2, which gave Boston extra chances, but they could not capitalize. Curry finally got the job done at the charity strike with 6.2 seconds to play, giving the Warriors their 35th win of the season, as they kept pace with the Denver Nuggets for a 1.5-game lead atop the West.
The Warriors will look to take advantage of a short-handed Indiana Pacers team on Monday night to extend their streak, while the Celtics move on to host the red-hot Brooklyn Nets that same night.