Celtics make it 14 on the trot

Celtics make it 14 on the trot

The defense has led Boston to a ridiculous winning streak that extended to 14 games with their 92-88 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

Kyrie Irving crossed up Draymond Green and drew a foul on Kevin Durant with 14 seconds to play.

Hours before the Celtics took the court Thursday night to protect their winning streak against the defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors, Jaylen Brown was walking around in a fog.

Boston held the Warriors to 88 points, 25 points below their season average, as all five Celtics starters scored in double figures.

The Celtics are on their longest win streak since taking 14 in a row in 2010 and five shy of the club record from December 2008.

Gordon Hayward made his first appearance at TD Garden since suffering a gruesome leg injury on opening night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Durant then came up empty on his jumper on the other end. The C's shot 32 percent from the field and 20 percent from distance during the first stanza, as they trailed Golden State 28-18 after one. Ryan Anderson added 24 points for the Rockets, who have won seven of eight.

The common denominator for the C's has been that at some point they will have a run sparked by defensive pressure. But the superstar guard showed no fear driving to the hoop even without the facial protection and made his free throws (7-for-8) when he got them. He logged just 9 points on 3 of 14 shooting.

Celtics Stun Warriors, Extend Winning Streak To 14 Games

The Warriors once again began to assert their dominance to begin the third quarter.

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown knows a thing or two about Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.

But the Celtics began to chip away at the 4:32 mark. He hits two huge free throws. But Boston stormed back with a 19-0 surge to tie the game after three quarters, and turned the match into a see-saw battle until the final buzzer.

The Warriors would tie the game at 68 heading into the fourth. Irving has seven quick points in two minutes.

Irving, who had an off night, answered with an and-1 to give Boston a one-point lead.

Irving was matching Steph Curry brick for brick, but he got to the lane and to the free throw line late as the Celts completed the trip back from a 17-point deficit.

Massive third quarter leads are nothing new to Golden State.

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