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Curry’s Late Heroics Lift Warriors to Thrilling OT Win Over Celtics

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Dec 21, 2023

The Golden State Warriors pulled off a thrilling 132-126 overtime win against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, overcoming a late deficit behind a vintage performance from Stephen Curry. After a scoreless first half, Curry erupted for 33 points to will his team to victory and snap Boston’s five game win streak.

Warriors Storm Back From Late Deficit Behind Curry’s Takeover

The Warriors found themselves down 12 points with just over 4 minutes remaining in regulation. But they mounted a furious comeback behind Curry and Klay Thompson to send the game to overtime. Curry in particular took over down the stretch:

“Curry scored 13 of his 33 points in the final 5:18 of the fourth quarter, including a falling-down, foul-line rainbow over Jaylen Brown that tied it at 124 with 1:32 left in regulation.” (Source)

Player 4th Quarter Pts
Stephen Curry 13
Klay Thompson 10

Curry scored 10 straight points during one stretch to trim the deficit to one possession. His clutch shot-making allowed the Warriors to ultimately force overtime and set the stage for his dagger three pointer.

Curry Drills Walk-Off Three To Stun Celtics in Overtime

The game remained tight throughout overtime until its thrilling climax. With the scored tied 126-126 and just 17 seconds left, Curry pulled up from way downtown over Al Horford and drilled a magical high-arching three to put the Warriors up 129-126.

“Curry hit a contested 3 from the left wing over Horford with 17 seconds left.” (Source)

The Celtics still had two chances to tie or take the lead, but Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown both missed three-point attempts. Klay Thompson secured the final rebound and hit three free throws to seal the 132-126 victory.

Curry finished with 33 points on 10-of-22 shooting along with 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Thompson added 24 points in his best performance since returning from injury. Meanwhile Jayson Tatum led Boston with 31 points.

Curry's Game-Winning Three Pointer

Curry celebrates his game-winning three pointer over Al Horford

Looking Ahead: Statement Win Could Spark Warriors’ Season

At 16-16, the Warriors have hovered around .500 all season and struggled to meet lofty expectations coming off their latest championship run. But Curry and others hope this thrilling comeback statement win could mark a turning point:

“Hopefully down the line, this is a game you can point to and say, ‘That helped us turn the corner,’” Thompson said. (Source)

The victory also snaps a three-game regular season losing streak against Boston. After losing Game 1 of last season’s NBA Finals to the Celtics, the Warriors responded with four straight wins to clinch their fourth title in eight seasons.

If this game triggers a similar turnaround, Golden State could begin looking once again like the championship favorite many predicted entering this season.

Celtics See Painful Finals Flashbacks

Meanwhile, this loss brings back painful memories for the Celtics of their collapse in last year’s Finals after being up 2-1. Holding another fourth quarter lead they failed to close out, Jaylen Brown reflected “We have to look ourselves in the mirror.” (Source)

Head coach Joe Mazzulla specifically cited their performance down the stretch, where they struggled to execute against Golden State’s small-ball lineup:

“I thought we lost our execution. I thought we got sped up…We just have to learn in those moments to slow down.” (Source)

The Celtics now fall to 21-8 on the season. They will look to regroup and bounce back on the road this Friday against the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers.

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