NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 33 33 23 25 114
Boston 24 36 29 30 119
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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3020:30 ET6:30 PM CT23:30 , April 17, 2021
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 2,298

Surging Warriors, Celtics look to continue win streaks

According to STATS
According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics

  1. The Celtics have won four straight games in this series, their longest winning streak over the Warriors since a four-game streak from 1992 to 1994. Boston has not had a longer winning streak against Golden State since an 11-game streak from 1984 to 1988.
  2. The Warriors' current four-game winning streak is their longest since a four-game streak in December 2019. Their last longer regular-season winning streak was six games from March 31 to April 9, 2019.
  3. The Celtics made 56.5 percent of their shots on Thursday, their second highest field-goal percentage in a game this season (60.8% against the Raptors on March 4).
  4. Stephen Curry has scored 30 or more points in each of his last nine games, the longest streak for a Warriors player since Rick Barry had a nine-game streak in 1966-67.
  5. Jaylen Brown went 17-for-20 (.850) from the floor in the Celtics' win on Thursday. The only NBA player with a higher field-goal percentage in a game with at least 20 shots this season was Giannis Antetokounmpo on April 2 against the Trail Blazers (18 for 21, .857).
  6. Jayson Tatum scored 14 points on Thursday, ending a streak of 11 straight games with 20 or more points. Tatum's only longer streak of games with 20+ points was 13 games, earlier this season from January 1 to February 9.
(AP Photo/David Dermer)

Lengthy winning streaks collide Saturday night when the Golden State Warriors visit the Boston Celtics in a nationally televised game.

Golden State has won four in a row, including two straight to open a five-game trip. Boston, meanwhile, is coming off a 3-0 Western Conference road swing that ran their winning streak to five.

The game is a rematch of a 111-107 Celtics win in San Francisco on Feb. 2. Stephen Curry had 38 points in the loss, but he missed his last two shots -- a 3- and a 2-pointer -- in the final 45 seconds to stall a Warriors comeback.

Curry has scored 32 or more points in each of his last nine games. He has averaged 41.5 points during Golden State's current winning streak.

The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player got help from a couple of unusual sources in Thursday's 119-101 win at Cleveland.

Two-way player Juan Toscano-Anderson hit 8 of 9 shots en route to a career-best 20 points, while Kevon Looney, starting his third straight game in place of injured James Wiseman, helped Golden State win the battle of the boards over the Cavaliers, matching Draymond Green's team-high 10 rebounds.

Toscano-Anderson, who grew up in Oakland before starring at nearby Castro Valley High, has brought a youthful enthusiasm to the Warriors as his playing time has increased due to recent injuries suffered by Wiseman, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Eric Paschall.

"Every night is fun," he gushed in the wake of Thursday's win. "In the locker room, I ask Steph, 'What are you gonna do tonight? You gonna put on a show tonight?' I say those things because I truly am enjoying what I have going for myself right now.

"I'll be able to tell my kids and grandkids stuff like that. So I just try to enjoy the moment."

The former Mexican national-team player surely won't catch the Celtics by surprise. He had 16 points off the bench in the earlier meeting, one in which the Golden State reserves outscored their Boston counterparts 36-26.

The difference in the game came from the starting units, with Jayson Tatum (27 points, nine rebounds), Kemba Walker (19 points, five assists) and Jaylen Brown (18 points, 10 rebounds) all having difference-making games.

All also came up big on the Celtics' impressive march through Denver, Portland and Los Angeles (Lakers) to knock off three of the Western Conference's top teams in succession.

Tatum led an improbable comeback against the Nuggets with 28 points and 10 rebounds, Walker complemented 21 points with seven assists in his head-to-head with Damian Lillard in the win over the Trail Blazers, and Brown did something Larry Bird never did against the Lakers -- burn them for 40 points in Thursday's 121-113 victory.

Brown, who was a standout at California in his one-year college career, was well aware of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry.

"The Celtics-Lakers matchup is a matchup that kids dream about," he boasted. "So regardless of who's on the floor, I'm excited to play. Having that energy with those Lakers fans back in the arena, we just wanted to come out and get a win."

The Celtics have won four in a row against the Warriors, but only one of those wins came on their home floor.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 17, 2021

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