Six months later, the Splash Brothers were still feeling it from all over the court against the Celtics and delivered one of their team’s signature wins of the season so far.
Klay Thompson scored 34 points, Stephen Curry added 32 with six three-pointers and Golden State beat Boston 123-107 on Saturday night in a rematch of last season’s NBA finals, which the Warriors won in six games.
“We gutted it out,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph and Klay obviously had it rolling so we were making shots.”
The Warriors were coming off a 124-123 loss at Utah on Wednesday night that Thompson called a “collapse.”
“It’s always nice to respond with a great performance and we did that tonight,” Thompson said.
Jaylen Brown had 31 points and nine rebounds, Jayson Tatum scored 18 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 16 off the bench for Boston, who had won eight of nine and three straight and faced Golden State’s stingy defense.
“They tested us,” Celtics interim coach Joe Mazzulla said. “They forced us to work to make the right play.”
Thompson, who has not been as strong on defense since a run of injuries in the last few years, also helped Curry to slow down the Celtics on offense.
“The game was connected,” Curry said. “When you’re locked in defensively and you worry about the things that impact the flow of the game and your matchup and the challenges there, you’re usually rewarded with looks and rhythm and flow on offense … it was great to see everything connect on both ends for [Thompson] and for our team.”
Kerr said the home fans helped the team, who needed a lift.
“The crowd was excited. We were excited, just the feeling of going against the team the team that you just played in the finals, especially the way they’ve played this year, they’ve just been so good, so dominant,” Kerr said. “I thought we needed a game like that. We’ve been a little bit stuck in the mud.”