SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 27 points in picking up the offensive slack for Boston without injured Marcus Smart, and the Celtics withstood another scoring spree by Stephen Curry to beat the Golden State Warriors 111-107 yesterday.
Curry scored 38 points with seven three-pointers and joined late Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain as the only Warriors to score 17,000 points for the franchise.
Andrew Wiggins’ layup with a minute to go for Golden State made it a three-point game, but Tatum converted a pair of free throws with 49.6 seconds left and Curry missed a contested three moments later.
Jaylen Brown, back in the Bay Area where he starred as a college player at California in Berkeley, drove through the lane for an emphatic, one-handed slam that put the Celtics up 106-96 with four minutes left. Curry’s three-point play at the 3:17 mark made it a seven-point game.
Brown wound up with 18 points and 10 rebounds as Boston snapped a two-game skid with its fourth straight victory against Golden State, ending the Warriors’ three-game home winning streak.
Curry, who upped his NBA-best three-point total to 96, has 17,011 points in his 12 seasons. Chamberlain scored 17,783 in six seasons with the club.
“Curry keeps you uncomfortable all game long,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
Curry’s three-pointer with 1:03 to go in the third quarter got his team within 81-80. He also had 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. The two-time MVP counted on his lesser-known supporting cast of Juan Toscano-Anderson and Kent Bazemore in a matchup of teams each missing a key player.
The Warriors’ already-depleted front-court rotation took another hit. Rookie second draft pick James Wiseman is sidelined with a sprained left wrist he hurt during a rout of Detroit on Saturday night. Golden State then lost starting center Kevon Looney to a sprained left ankle that kept him out during the second half.
He is expected to miss a couple of games. “This was a fluke. He just got his foot on the floor and rolled the ankle,” coach Steve Kerr said.
Boston outscored Golden State 28-17 in the second quarter for a 52-all tie at halftime.
Toscano-Anderson hit a three-pointer with 4:07 left in the third to keep the Warriors within 72-66. He finished with 16 points to match his career high with his first double-digit scoring outing this season and third of his career.
“Okayyy Juan!” tweeted Sydel Curry-Lee, Curry’s sister and the wife of Warriors guard Damion Lee.
Two-way player Toscano-Anderson joked how, like in a movie, not everybody can be a star.
“We’re all on the same page on what’s expected of Juan,” he said. “I’m just trying to establish myself in this league and string together good games.”
The Warriors have put a priority on rebounding and Kerr has insisted it comes down to focus.