By the Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Jayson Tatum dunked after a jump ball with 1:36 left to put Boston ahead, and the Celtics held off the undermanned Golden State Warriors 105-100 on Friday night for their 10th straight win since losing the season opener.
An out-of-bounds call initially in Golden State’s favor went to replay review and was overturned, leading to the jump ball.
Kemba Walker hit a 3-pointer with 2:19 to play that pulled Boston to 97-95, then Daniel Theis made one free throw with 1:41 remaining.
The Warriors got the ball back with 54.3 seconds left on another overturned replay, but Alec Burks missed a 3 that would have tied it and Walker scored on the other end.
D’Angelo Russell had 12 points and seven assists but also nine of his team’s 19 turnovers before leaving with a sprained right thumb in the Warriors’ sixth straight defeat. Injury-plagued Golden State faced the NBA’s top two teams in consecutive games, losing to the Lakers on the road Wednesday.
Burks scored 20 points off the bench, making 11 of 12 free throws as Golden State’s cast of youngsters nearly pulled off a November upset by outhustling Boston for much of the night, crashing the boards and creating second chances.
Jaylen Brown had 22 points and eight rebounds, and Tatum overcame a slow start to score 24 points for the Celtics, who lost Oct. 23 at Philadelphia to start the season before beginning its longest winning streak since 2017.
The Warriors hung tough until late, keeping the crowd engaged — something that hasn’t always been the case so far given the early struggles by a franchise that has reached five straight NBA Finals.
Boston had four starters reach double figures in scoring after seven players did so in a 140-133 win against Washington on Wednesday.
Each team was missing a star player following surgery for a broken left hand: Golden State two-time MVP Stephen Curry and Boston forward Gordon Hayward, who missed his third straight game and second since the procedure.