Steph Curry’s been called the greatest shooter who ever lived, and who are the Celtics to argue.
His side-saddle lefty-three while getting fouled by Grant Williams was proof enough in the second quarter — one of the 11 3-pointers the Warriors star crammed into his 47-point performance Saturday night.
But after trailing by as many as 16 points late in the first half, the Celtics came back to match the Golden State star and his teammates in a 119-114 win over Golden State that was one of their biggest of the season.
The win also extended their winning streak to six straight games — the longest active streak in the NBA.
On a night when Jabari Parker made a strong Celtics debut (turnovers on his first two touches, then 11 points including three put-backs), and Jaylen Brown sat out with a non-COVID-related illness, Jayson Tatum (44 points) and Kemba Walker (26) carried a heavy offensive load.
It was anyone’s game down the stretch. When Kent Bazemore, fouled by Grant Williams with 1:52 left, missed both free throws, it left Golden State with a thin 109-108 lead.
Marcus Smart rebounded a Walker miss, and after arguably the longest pause the Celtics guard has ever taken before shooting, buried a three for a 111-109 lead with 1:15 left.
Though Kevon Looney tied the game with a tip-in, Tatum drove right back with 48.8 seconds left for a 113-111 Celtics lead.
Draymond Green missed at the rim, and with 23.7 seconds left Walker hit an up-top three for a 116-111 lead. Curry hit a last-ditch 3-pointer before Tatum was fouled with 13.1 seconds left.
The Celtics forward hit both.