One streak is over, but another lives on.
With his last basket, which capped a 22-point second half, Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas became the team's leading scorer in their win against the Golden State Warriors. His streak as leading scorer extended to 15 games, two longer than the previous mark set by Larry Bird in 1987-88. His 15 straight games scoring at least 20 points is the longest since Paul Pierce had a run of 16 straight in 2006.
The basket ended the Warriors' NBA-record 54-game home win streak. The Warriors must now go 5-1 in their final six games to break the 1995-96 Bulls record for wins in a season (72). BPI had the Warriors with an 80 percent chance to break the mark before Friday’s game. After Friday's defeat, their chances dropped to 51 percent.
The Celtics also did it with defense, forcing 22 turnovers, the second most for the Warriors in a home game this season. The Celtics scored 27 points off turnovers. Warriors opponents had averaged 16 points off turnovers this season. Nine of the turnovers came from Stephen Curry, a season high. The Celtics made 5-of-7 shots off of Curry's turnovers and turned them into 14 points.
Curry played one great quarter, scoring 21 points in the third, but was 3-of-11 from the field in the other three quarters. He did finish with eight 3-pointers. The Warriors were previously 17-0 over the last two seasons when Curry made at least eight 3-pointers.
The Warriors lost with 20 3-pointers and became the first team in NBA history to lose a home game in which they made 20 3-pointers (teams are 15-1).
It wasn't only Thomas who did in the Warriors. The Celtics had two players score 20 points who don't typically score at that level. Jared Sullinger had his fifth 20-point game of the season. Evan Turner had his fourth such game.
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Entering Friday, teams had lost the last 24 times they played the second game of a back-to-back at Golden State. The Celtics snapped that streak, too.