Celtics Stun Warriors, Extend Winning Streak To 14 Games

Irving Brown help Celtics rally for 15th straight win

That Boston finds itself in this position is stunning.

Down 17 to the Warriors in the third quarter in Boston, the Celtics looked like a team that was finally going to lose, for the first time in nearly a month.

The Celtics have the best record and defensive rating and have provided plenty of surprises on the young season, and guard Kyrie Irving and forward Al Horford have developed a lethal two-man game.

Brown, a starter in his second season in the league, has been a big part of the Celtics' success. And winning. And winning some more. 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.

The Warriors' previous season-low in points scored was 97. 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. They're the best in the game at the moment and they allow him to get to his spots on the floor.

Though the Warriors jumped out to an early four-point edge in the fourth quarter, the Celtics kept the see-saw affair rolling after Jayson Tatum hit three free throws following a Durant shooting foul to give Boston a 77-76 lead halfway through the quarter.

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"They were just tougher and smarter than we were tonight", Warriors Coach Steve Kerr told reporters in Boston. The videos were mostly basketball related, and one even featured the best friends playing one-on-one at the Celtics practice facility. Brown didn't have any friends at Wheeler and was sitting alone at lunch. Stifling defense and late-game offensive efficiency have been their keys to victory, and on Thursday, they held the Warriors to just 41 second-half points.

Kevin Durant has 24 points for Golden State. Omri Casspi made a basket to even the score 68-68 heading into the fourth quarter.

Which is kind of how they got past the Warriors on Thursday, right?

When asked after the game about whether he was nervous playing without the mask, Irving acknowledged that he knew the kind of danger he was putting himself in with his facial injury. The Celtics beat the Warriors 92-88, extending their winning streak to 14. But they inspired me to come out and play.

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

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