The Warriors bring a 23-0 record and 27-game regular-season winning streak to TD Garden on Friday night, and many are predicting the Celtics are poised to pull off the upset.

What do you think? Can the improving C’s use their balance to hand Golden State its first loss of the season? Or will Stephen Curry and friends prove to be too much of a challenge for Brad Stevens‘ crew?

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Isaiah Thomas (right) and the Celtics are ready for Draymond Green and the Warriors.</p>
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A flawless Photoshop of Medusa Stevens. Don't bother critiquing.



Eight Celtics scored in double figures, overcoming 41.3 percent shooting and winning for the first time when allowing 100 points, beating the Bulls, 105-100.

Eight Celtics scored in double figures, overcoming 41.3 percent shooting and winning for the first time when allowing 100 points, beating the Bulls, 105-100.

Isaiah Thomas finished scoreless in the first half, and then totaled 20 points in the final two quarters to lead the C’s in scoring. Kelly Olynyk netted 15 points, Evan Turner and Jae Crowder each added 13, Amir Johnson and David Lee both dropped 12 and Jared Sullinger and Avery Bradley totaled 10 apiece.

The Celtics improved to 13-9 and tied the Raptors for first place in the Atlantic Division. Only the Cavaliers (14-7) have more wins in the East. The Celtics will have a chance to snap Golden State’s 23-0 start at home on Friday night.

On Wednesday, Bulls guard Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 36 points.

For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.

STUD OF THE NIGHT: David Lee.

The Celtics weren’t getting much offensive help from the usually productive Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger, so they needed assistance off the bench. Lee was that helping hand. His effort off the bench served as the catalyst for the Celtics turning a back-and-forth game into a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. Lee finished with 12 points and six boards in just 18:26.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: Avery Bradley.

It wasn’t Bradley’s night. He didn’t look anything like the guy who entered the game shooting 45 percent on almost six 3-point attempts per game. On this night, he missed all six of his tries from distance. He also committed as many turnovers as he collected assists (3). It’s a testament to the progress Bradley has made on the offensive end that he still managed 10 points on the night.

VINE OF THE NIGHT: “E.T. phone home.”

WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Where’s Terry Rozier?

James Young played 16 minutes, took two shots and missed them both. He appeared in crunch time. With Marcus Smart (knee) and R.J. Hunter (hip) both sidelined, the Celtics have guard minutes to spread around, and yet Terry Rozier can’t see the floor beyond garbage time. This was the concern when the Celtics spent their No. 16 pick on Rozier: Where do his minutes come from?

STAT OF THE NIGHT: 54.

Somehow, the C’s outscored Chicago’s giant front line of Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, Nikola Mitotic and Taj Gibson, scoring 54 points in the paint. Led by Sullinger, the Celtics grabbed 13 offensive boards and scored 17 second-chance points opposite one of the league’s biggest teams.

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Ben Rohrbach
Sean Highkin, of ProBasketballTalk and Bleacher Report, joins Sam and Jared to talk about the Celtics, the Bulls, plus intense Warriors related sports-feelings.

Behind a 30-9 run sandwiched around halftime, the Celtics defeated the Pelicans 111-93 Monday night in New Orleans.

The Boston Celtics defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 111-93 Monday night in New Orleans.

With 4:31 left in the second quarter, Jared Cunningham hit two free throws to take the lead for the Pelicans 42-40. Led by Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics absolutely dominated the next 10 minutes of game, as the Celtics went on an absurd 30-9 run. IT started the run with a floater in the plane before hitting his next three attempts from beyond the arc. Thomas outscoring the entire Pelicans team 11-9. Jae Crowder punctuated the run with three of his own, putting the Celtics up 70-51.

Thomas, who is not normally known for his shooting efficiency, finished with a game-high 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting, including 4-of-X from downtown. Kelly Olynk (21 pts), Jae Crowder (17), Jared Sullinger (11), and Avery Bradley (11) also scored in double-figures for the C’€™s.

Anthony Davis, the anointed next in line for the Title of Best Player in the NBA, struggled immensely. The Brow opened the game by hitting his first three shots, but then found himself on the bench after picking up two fouls early in the first quarter. Once he returned, Davis struggled to make an impact offensively, finishing with only 16 points (8-for-21) in 30 minutes. The Pelicans were a -24 with Davis on the floor, the worst of any player.

While Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday added 18 and 14 respectively for the Pelicans,  the starting backcourt combination of Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon finished with zero points on only seven shots.

The victory was the Celtics third of their five-game road trip. The team returns to Boston on Wednesday to take on the Bulls, before trying to hand the potential 24-0 Golden State Warriors their first loss of the season.

For a complete Box Score, click here.

JIMMY BUCKETS SIGHTING

With RJ Hunter nursing a strained left hip flexor on the bench in a ill-fitting sport coat (It was Celtics PR Guru Jeff Twist’€™s), much maligned Celtics sophomore James Young surprisingly got some time on the floor. Young AKA Jimmy Buckets notched 4 points in a season high 20 minutes. Young played very aggressively on the offensive end of the floor, displaying his quick release and an willingness to attack the basket in the half court. He also did a solid job on the defense, taking a turn guarding Tyreke Evans and even recording one steal. If the Celtics can get any production from Young this season, it would be huge for the Celtics are are severely lack depth on the wing.

VINE OF THE NIGHT:

KG yammed hard on Blake Griffen and then was immediately issued a technical foul. I am surprised Blake still exists after this facial.

BRAD’€™S WILDEST ROTATION

At the end of the first quarter, STEVENS WENT YUUUUUUUGE with a lineup of Turner, Crowder, Jerebko, Olynyk, and Tyler Zeller. It didn’€™t really work, as the Pelicans ended the frame on a 10-6 run, but it was still cool to see a glimpse of an anti-Small ball Line up. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Jared Sullinger had 20 rebounds while Anthony Davis only had 6. Huge game for Sully. 

AT OF THE NIGHT

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Sam Packard

Behind superior defense and efficient offense, the Spurs reminded the Celtics why they’re one of the best teams in the league, fending off the C’s late-game comeback and remaining unbeaten at home with a 108-105 win.

Behind their superior defense and efficient offense, the Spurs (17-4) reminded the Celtics why they are one of the best teams in the league. The Spurs remain undefeated at home after preventing the Celtics from completing a late-game comeback in a 108-105 win.

The Spurs were dominant. They shot 52.4 percent from the floor, commanded the post — where they outscored the Celtics 44-30 and converted second-chance points on 12 offensive rebounds.

But the Celtics didn’t go down without a fight. After the Spurs opened up a 17-point lead in the third quarter, a 12-1 Celtics run late in the fourth quarter pulled the Celtics to within two points. By the end, Avery Bradley missed a go ahead three-pointer with eight seconds left — which turned out to be the Celtics’ last chance to pull off the upset.

LaMarcus Aldridge’s 17 points led six Spurs in double figures. Boris Diaw chipped in 16 off the bench, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard each scored 15, and Tony Parker and Kyle Anderson scored 10.

Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 23 points, Avery Bradley added 18 and Evan Turner had 16.

For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.

STUD OF THE NIGHT: Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili scored 15 points (6-of-11) along with seven rebounds and four assists. He was the biggest thorn in the Celtics’ side in the second half. When Ginobili’s fade-away jumper towards the end of the third quarter extended the Spurs’ lead to 15, it felt like the game was out of reach for the Celtics. But after the C’s trimmed San Antonio’s 15-point lead down to two — in came Ginobili from off the bench. Manu scored six straight points for the Spurs. He gave his team breathing room, enough space to keep the Celtics away from tying the game in the final two minutes.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: Jared Sullinger

Another off night for Jared Sullinger. He managed to pull down eight rebounds but wasn’t a factor offensively. Sullinger finished with four points on 1-for-6 shooting.

VINE OF THE NIGHT: 

Plays like these kept the Spurs on their heels throughout the Celtics’ 12-1 run in the fourth quarter.

WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Timeouts While the Celtics were fighting to stay alive at the end of the fourth, coach Brad Stevens called a timeout with 1:40 left and then called a second timeout only 15 seconds later — leaving Stevens with just one timeout left. This turned out to be a crucial move. With 18 seconds left and down by two points, the Celtics had an opportunity to set up a game-winning shot. But instead, coach Stevens decided not to use his last timeout and Bradley’s missed three-pointer was the closest the Celtics got to giving the Spurs their first loss at home.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: 52 percent on 44-of-84 The Spurs scored 58 first half points while shooting 60 percent from the floor. Although the Celtics were able to crawl back from a 17-point lead, the Spurs offense was too much to handle down the stretch and ultimately ended the Celtics hopes of completing their comeback.

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Josue Pavon