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"They did a good job of guarding the 3", Thompson said.

The Boston Celtics ruined the Warriors' return to the Bay, beating them 99-86. The Warriors scored only 12 points in the period and committed five turnovers against four assists, a shocking figure for a group that has made a habit of topping 30 assists all season. "Those are hell of a players over there - Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, we made it tough on them".

"This is how we play with good objective", said Celtics coach Brad Stevens, whose team improved to 17-1 this season when holding the opponent under 100 points. "My job is just to move on and do my job and don't make it a distraction, because it's not".

Curry did Curry things, meaning he hit pull-up 3s, acrobatic layups, and a circus shot so insane you should go watch it again. Say it with me now: Thomas needs help.

"There's no way we are going to let them just play the whole quarter especially with this stretch that we are on".

Golden State trailed 76-74 with 8:41 remaining before Draymond Green came slashing through the key for a pair of one-handed slams in just more than a minute.

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The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors meet Wednesday in National Basketball Association action at the Oracle Arena on ESPN. This season's Warriors don't quite have that kind of reputation and, on this evening, seemed to lose focus just as the Celtics locked in.

- Warriors SF Kevin Durant addressed the media before the game for the first time since spraining his left knee on February 28. Seconds later, he'd find himself in the passing lane to swipe an errant James Young pass, starting a fast break that ended seconds later with another three, this time from the corner. He tried to go through shootaround to no avail. Earlier this season, Golden State more than re-paid the favor, embarrassing the C's on their home court, 104-88. They took the first meeting between the two teams this year in Boston with relative ease. Golden state finished the half on a 10-1 run and led 50-46.

Major Moment: Rising up from the wing, Jamal Crawford sank his first three-pointer of the game to cut the Celtics' lead to just 4. After a long road trip, the Dubs are dealing with a level of fatigue.

The calling card of the Celtics has been ball movement, where they rank second in passes per game (325.3) and third in assists per game (24.9), as they assist on 64.5 percent of their field goals. Even without the injured Kevin Durant, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens explained, "You still have the core of a team that won a championship and a team that played for another championship".

With the reduction in their own transition opportunities, the Celtics half-court offense is even more improved than the basic numbers - as noted above, 4.9 points per 100 possessions better than last season - would have you believe.

Warriors: At Minnesota on Friday looking for a third win in as many games this season vs. Timberwolves.