Warriors Hold On Late to Defeat Celtics on Road

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The Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 111-107 at TD Garden on Friday night.

The Warriors led by as many 20 points in the game, but the Celtics chipped away in the third quarter to make it a one-point Warriors lead heading into the final frame. Damion Lee hit two free throws with 2.8 seconds left to ice the game for the Dubs.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 30 points. Andrew Wiggins added 27 points, including 24 in the first half.


Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr won his 400th career game as a head coach on Friday. He became only the third coach in Warriors history to reach 400 victories, joining Alvin Attles (557) and Don Nelson (422). Kerr’s 69.4 percent winning percentage is the third highest in NBA history.

After becoming the NBA’s All-Time 3-Point Leader on Tuesday night against the Knicks, Stephen Curry followed up with a 30-point outing in Boston. Curry scored 16 points in the opening quarter, making five-of-seven field goal attempts. He also hit a floater with 35 seconds remaining in the game to extend the Warriors lead to five points before fouling out. Curry made all nine of his free throw attempts in the win.

Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points in the first half and had a team-high plus-20 plus-minus as the Warriors went into the half with a 68-54 lead. Wiggins made 10-of-16 shots from the field in the half. Wiggins finished the game with 27 points, six rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.

A season-low 14-point third quarter cut a 14-point Warriors lead to just one point heading into the fourth. The Dubs shot 4-of-19 in the third frame, but made their first four shots of the fourth quarter to regain a 6-point lead. After the Warriors took an 87-84 lead with 10:12 remaining, they led for the rest of the night.

Rookie Moses Moody started his first game of the season on Friday night. The guard recorded two points, a block and a steal in 10 minutes of action.

Andre Iguodala tied a season-high with 12 points on Friday night. He made five field goal attempts, which puts his career total at 4,999 makes. Only 21 active players in the league have made more shots and only 212 players in NBA history have eclipsed the 5,000 makes mark.

The Warriors finish their five-game road trip on Saturday night when they travel north to face the 13-15 Toronto Raptors. The Raptors lost 131-129 in overtime to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. Four Raptors scored at least 20 points in the loss, with Fred VanVleet leading the way with 31 points. VanVleet is averaging a team-high 6.5 assists to go along with 19.8 points, while OG Anunoby leads the Raptors in scoring, averaging 20.1 points per night.

More Notables ...

  • Head Coach Steve Kerr recorded his 400th career coaching victory in 576 games, the fifth-fewest games in NBA history (540 - Pat Riley, 557 - Phil Jackson, 564 - K.C. Jones, 572 - Billy Cunningham).
  • The Warriors improved to 24-5 (.828) and have won last three games, all of which on the road.
  • Golden State is off to its best start after 29 games since 2016-17 when they started 25-4.
  • The Warriors are now 3-1 on the current five-game road trip and 10-3 overall on the road this season.
  • The Celtics shot under 50 percent from the field (.439 FG%), the 31st straight game (all 29 games this season) in which a Warriors opponent has not shot at least 50 percent from the field, matching the fifth-longest such streak in Warriors history.
  • With the win, the Warriors snapped a five-game losing streak to the Celtics and a three-game losing streak in Boston.
  • Golden State improved to 5-0 in the first game of a back-to-back set this season.
  • Up Next: The Warriors closeout their five-game road trip tomorrow night vs. the Raptors … Tip-off in Toronto is at 4:30 p.m. (PT).
  • Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points, including a career-high 18 in the second quarter … He had 24 first-half points, one-point shy of the most points he has ever scored in a half (25, four times).
  • Andre Iguodala contributed a season-high-tying 12 points off the bench, his second double-figure scoring effort of the season.
  • Stephen Curry had his 39th 4-point play of his career in the first quarter, and second of the season.
  • Kevon Looney grabbed 10 rebounds, his fifth game this season with 10-or-more rebounds.
  • Jordan Poole missed his first game of the season due to health and safety protocols. Poole had played in the first 28 games of the season.
  • Moses Moody made his first career NBA start.