BOSTON — Klay Thompson scored 28, Kevin Durant had 23 points and 10 rebounds against the team he spurned this summer and the Warriors scored 18 in a row in the third quarter to beat the Celtics 104-88 Friday night.
Stephen Curry had 16 points — his second-fewest of the season — while sitting out much of the fourth as the Warriors cruised to their sixth straight win. Zaza Pachulia had 12 rebounds and Draymond Green had eight rebounds and eight assists for Golden State. Avery Bradley had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Boston. Isaiah Thomas scored a season-low 18.
Thomas hit a 3 early in the third to make it a 10-point game, but the Warriors scored the next 18. They made it 86-57 at the end of the third and opened a 30-point lead in the fourth before Boston cut it to 11 in the final 90 seconds.
But Curry, who had re-entered the game midway through the fourth as the Celtics threatened to come back, hit a 3, Jaylen Brown missed one for Boston, then Curry added a finger roll to clinch it.
Curry shot 7-of-20 in all and made just 2 of 10 3-pointers. It was the second time this season he has been held under 20 points.
Boston challenged the Warriors last season while they were on their way to a record-breaking 73-9 regular season. After losing in double overtime in Boston, the Celtics beat the Warriors on April 1 to hand them their first home loss of the season.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kyrie Irving scored 25 and LeBron James, returning to the lineup after sitting out a game, added 21 as the host Cavaliers rolled past the Pistons 104-81. … Nic Batum had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Cody Zeller matched his career high with 23 points and the host Hornets came from behind to snap the Hawks' six-game winning streak with a 100-96 victory. Atlanta's Dwight Howard was ejected with 5:38 left and his team leading by three after he threw an elbow at Zeller's head. "It wasn't like I tried to hit him in the face, but my job is to protect my house — at all costs," said Howard, who finished with 10 points and 18 rebounds. "I am making no apologies for it."… Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds for his fourth triple double of the season as the host Thunder beat the Nets 124-105. … Anthony Davis had 38 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, Jrue Holiday added 21 points in his first action this season and the host Pelicans beat the Blazers 113-101.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling dropped a lawsuit that claimed the league, his wife and others conspired to illegally sell the team for $2 billion. … The Mavericks re-signed summer league standout Jonathan Gibson because of backcourt injuries. … Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis will donate $500 for each of his blocks for the rest of the season to the RENS, a New York-area not-for-profit youth basketball program.