Heavyweight fight lives up to the hype: The Celtics and Warriors have played several classics over the past three seasons and this one was no different in front of a packed TD Garden. The All-Stars played playoff minutes and the competitiveness was constant throughout in the midst of 21 lead changes over the course of 48 minutes. Kyrie Irving (32 points, 10 assists) and Kevin Durant (33 points, 9 rebounds) were the best two players on the floor all night and carried their squads into a 111-111 tie with just over a minute remaining. However, the Warriors outscored the C’s 4-0 over the final 68 seconds at the free throw line as Marcus Morris, Irving and Marcus Smart also missed looks in the 45 seconds after Klay Thompson scored the go-ahead free throws.
Al Horford (22 points, 13 rebounds) played well in 35 minutes but had some costly turnovers down the stretch while Jayson Tatum added 20 points in the setback as Boston had their five-game winning streak snapped. Steph Curry (23 points) and Thompson (21 points) chipped in big for the visitors who have now won ten straight overall.