Golden State continues to struggle against playoff-level competition.
Stephen Curry led the way (as usual) with 38 points, while Juan Toscano-Anderson contributed 15 in the loss.
The Dubs fell to 3-9 against teams above .500 but were right there with the Celtics until running out of gas late in the fourth quarter. Golden State led 94-91 with 7:32 left but was outscored 20-13 the rest of the way.
It didn’t help that an already shorthanded Warriors squad dealt with a significant blow early on. Already without rookie James Wiseman, Golden State lost big man Kevon Looney to an ankle injury before the half. Without Looney, Boston was able to take over on the glass, snatching up 12 offensive rebounds — including 6 in the final quarter — which led to a strong final 12 minutes for the Celtics.
The Dubs were able to keep it close until the end but couldn’t make enough plays to overtake Boston in the final minutes.
Things started off great for the Warriors. Curry was on fire out the gate racking up 17 points over the opening 12 minutes. Kelly Oubre Jr. chipped in 7 points in the opening frame as Golden State held a 35-24 lead after the opening quarter.
As has been the case often against playoff-caliber teams, the second-unit couldn’t keep the opposition at bay.
The Celtics went on a 15-5 run with Curry on the bench for the first 6:05 of the second quarter to get back into the game. During the period, the Dubs were ice-cold, shooting just six-of-19 from the field and were outscored 28-17 over the 12 minutes.
Golden State fell to 11-10 on the season with the loss and will be back in action Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks.