On Friday, December 11, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors stormed into Boston with a 23-0 record. That evening, the Celtics held Stephen Curry to one of the worst shooting nights of his career (9-for-27) and went toe-to-toe with the Warriors for 58 minutes before succumbing 124-119 in double overtime.
Boston served up a battered and run-down Golden State ballclub for the Bucks to feast on in Milwaukee the next night:
It's gonna be really annoying when the Buck beat Golden State tomorrow. You're welcome, Milwaukee.— CelticsLife.com (@CelticsLife) December 12, 2015
Twenty-four hours later, the mighty Warriors were no longer undefeated after falling to the Bucks 108-95.
However, Golden State remained perfect at home through December, January, February and March. In that time, the Warriors rolled to 36-0 (for an NBA-record 54 straight games dating back to January 27, 2015) in their own arena.
Crazy prediction: Celtics should've dealt Golden State its 1st loss back on 12/11. Instead, they ruin Warriors' perfect home record on 4/1.— Mark Vandeusen (@LucidSportsFan) March 5, 2016
On April 1, Boston enacted its revenge and shocked Golden State at Oracle Arena, ending the Warriors' bid for a perfect home season.
Four days later, the champs were knocked off in their own building again--a 124-117 OT defeat at the hands of a 25-52 Minnesota Timberwolves squad.
I'm failing to see GSW make the type of improvements necessary to beat the Celtics in the Finals— Guitar Man (@HebertofNH) April 6, 2016
After going 54-0 over a span of 14 months, the Warriors are 1-2 at home since the Celtics came to town.
Celtics-Warriors will start on ESPN2— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 2, 2016
Celtics are only team Warriors haven't beaten by more than 5 points in the last 2 seasons
This unprecedented success vs. the reigning MVP isn't new for Brad Stevens. As the coach at Butler, Stevens' Bulldogs held Curry to a 6-for-23 shooting night in a 75-63 victory over the Davidson Wildcats in 2009.
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