Warriors blow out Celtics for sixth straight win
BOSTON -- The Golden State Warriors put on a clinic in the third quarter at TD Garden Friday night.
Ahead by seven at halftime, the Warriors went on a 24-3 run -- capped by an 18-0 streak -- to break open the competitive game and power to their sixth straight victory -- a 104-88 blowout of over the undermanned Boston Celtics.
Boston, still playing without the injured Al Horford (concussion) and Jae Crowder (ankle), were in the game and trained 55-48 at the break. The Warriors then outscored Boston 31-9 in the third quarter and that was all as Golden State improved to 10-2.
Klay Thompson scored 11 of his 28 points in the quarter, with the Golden State defense holding the Celtics to 2-for-17 shooting from the floor in the quarter.
Kevin Durant, seriously courted by the Celtics before signing with Golden State, scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds and seven assists and both he and Thompson sat as the Celtics made their little run.
Steph Curry avoided a season low when he hit a 3-pointer and another basket late, finishing with 16 points (his low was 13), while Draymond Green had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Curry, who also got a technical foul, was 7-for-16 from the floor, 2-for-10 from 3-point range and also missed three layups.
Down 30 early in the fourth, the Celtics were able to cut their deficit to 12 with 1:50 left.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics (6-6) with a season-low 18 points (his previous low was 23), while Avery Bradley scored 17.
The Warriors led by 30 in the third quarter, becoming the first visiting team to lead by 30 since last season, when Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder did it.
Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who missed the first three games of the season with an ankle sprain, suffered a left ankle contusion and left the game in the third quarter. He had 10 points and two steals.
Before the game, Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he didn't "think there will be any heartfelt boos (of Durant). I would be shocked." Well, he must have been shocked as Durant heard the boos in the intros and then every time he touched the ball.
But he scored 17 points and Thompson had 15 in a first half of spurts that left the visitors ahead by seven.
On the final play of the first quarter, Boston rookie Jaylen Brown threw up a 3-pointer that missed and it looked like he might have been fouled by Andre Iguodala as the buzzer sound. The play ended and the officials then looked at the video -- and determined Brown had kicked Iguodala for a technical foul. Thompson hit the free throw to give his team a three-point lead after one.
NOTES: C Al Horford (concussion) and F Jae Crowder (ankle) were still missing from the Boston lineup, but both will accompany the team on the three-game road trip that starts in Detroit Saturday night. ... The Warriors had 33 assists on 44 baskets. ... Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Celtics fans perhaps booing F Kevin Durant for going to Golden State and not Boston: "Is that true, are they upset? My guess is it's all in good fun. You come to a game and you're a Celtics fan, and you know you were close and you didn't get him. So what do you do? You boo him. I think most of that stuff is tongue-in-cheek. People come to the game to be entertained, let their emotions out." Durant was booed lustily. ... The Warriors are at Milwaukee Saturday night. ... The Celtics handed the Warriors one of their nine regular-season defeats last season and lost the other matchup in double overtime -- but the Warriors had won the last three games at TD Garden.