Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Celtics Stun Warriors, Extend Winning Streak To 14 Games

Celtics Stun Warriors, Extend Winning Streak To 14 Games

In case you had any doubts, they ran their streak to 14 wins in a row by coming from 17 down - twice - to beat the Golden State Warriors. Even without star forward Gordon Hayward, who suffered a devastating injury in the first quarter of Boston's season-opener, the Celtics were an unstoppable force through the first month of the season. And winning. And winning some more.

The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for the Warriors (11-4). Surely a game against the team with arguably the greatest collection of talent in league history would finally produce the end to the unlikeliest of streaks.

But Golden State again started out strong after halftime with a 9-1 blitz and pushed the lead back up to 17 with four minutes left in another scorching third quarter run. But other than for brief portions of the game, it was the Celtics - and not the high-powered Warriors - who dictated the terms of engagement.

"He was able to get to the foul line and overcame an otherwise tough shooting night, but that's what really, really good players do is they find a way when it's all on the line, no matter the circumstances throughout the game", Stevens told reporters after the game. "We just couldn't sustain our defense when they made a couple of runs".

For the Celtics Jaylen Brown had 22 points and seven rebounds, and Al Horford added 18 points and 11 rebounds.

"Ever since then we've been best friends".

But Brown wasn't alone.

Kevin Durant led the way with 24 points and Klay Thompson was second on the team 13.

The Warriors went without a point from Durant's 20-foot pull-up with 4:49 left in the third quarter until Omri Casspi's floater with 34.5 left tied it at 68 - a 19-2 Celtics' run.

Sporting News provided live updates below for the matchup between the Warriors and Celtics.

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown knows a thing or two about Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.

Houston moved atop the Western Conference at 12-4 after scoring the most points in any National Basketball Association game this season. When asked about it after the game, even Curry couldn't help but feed into the hype. But the visitors, as evidenced by Curry, were in the midst of an off night from the floor. This is typically when Golden State pulls away, so we'll see if Boston can push back against the trend.

The Warriors must get something out of Curry in the fourth.

But the time for doubting the Celtics is over, as is the time for worrying about Boston's future.

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