Turnover Filled Fourth Quarter Dooms Warriors Against Celtics

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Last night, the Golden State Warriors dropped a rare game at home as they lost to the visiting Boston Celtics for the second straight year at Oracle Arena, 99-86. Stephen Curry shot 8/16 from the field and 2/9 from the three point line en route to scoring twenty-three points. Klay Thompson shot 11/23 from the field and 2/8 from the three point line en route to scoring twenty-five points. MVP candidate Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics led the team with twenty-five points including hitting two clutch baskets and a pair of free throws to help seal the win for the visiting Celtics.

Stephen Curry a hit a buzzer beater three point shot at the end of the third quarter to give the Warriors a 74-72 lead heading into the fourth quarter. After that, the Warriors fell off. The Warriors were outscored 27-12 in the fourth quarter and committed a total of eight turnovers alone in the quarter. The Warriors had just scored a total of five points about halfway through the quarter and at one point the Celtics stole the ball from the Warriors three possessions in a row near the end of the game.

This is now the Warriors’ straight game without Kevin Durant and it is showing a lot on both sides of the ball. On the offensive side of the ball, the Warriors scored a season low eighty-six points breaking their previous season low of eighty-seven points last week in a loss against the Chicago Bulls. On the defensive end, the Warriors are giving up way more layups and wide open three point shots as well as their shot blocking numbers are dropping. There were obvious frustrations on all faces of the Golden State Warrior players as losing games,especially at home, is something they are not accustomed too. With the Celtics clamping down on both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson near the end of the game, this is where Kevin Durant was missed the most as being a third scorer for the team to look to in crunch time to make teams pay for playing this kind of defense. Catch the next Warriors’ game on Friday as they head to Minnesota to play the Timberwolves. Tip off is at 5 p.m.PT/8 p.m.ET on NBATV.