OAKLAND – The Warriors committed death by turnover Friday night and the casualty was their record home win streak.
The final turnover came with the Warriors trailing 105-103 and 23.9 seconds to play, as the Warriors were trying to set up a play. Draymond Green lost the ball, which led to a pair of Evan Turner free throws to give Boston a 109-106 victory.
With a chance to move three games ahead of the pace of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, the Warriors instead saw their win streak at Oracle Arena end at 54, an NBA record.
They had not lost at home in since Jan. 27, 2015, but found themselves unable to fight off Boston, which despite being on the second half of a back-to-back road set won the battle on the glass (44-41) and outscored the Warriors 48-30 in the paint.
Stephen Curry scored a game-high 29 points, while Draymond Green finished with 16, Klay Thompson with 15, Harrison Barnes with 14 and Leandro Barbosa with 10.
The Warriors (68-8) committed 22 turnovers, off which the Celtics scored 27 points – nearly a quarter of their total.
Isaiah Thomas finished with 22 points to lead Boston scorers. The Celtics improved to 44-32.
Nobody threw more fire at the Celtics than did Curry, whose 21-point third quarter not only offset Isaiah Thomas’ 18-point quarter, but also pumped up the volume inside the arena.
Curry’s line: 29 points (9-of-19 from the field, including 8-of-14 from beyond the arc), six assists, five rebounds – and nine turnovers. He played 37 minutes and finished plus/minus-1 for the game.
Green also delivered one of his typical stat-stuffing performances: 16 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, six steals and two blocked shots. He played 37 minutes and was minus-1.
After a Barnes jumper pulled the Warriors within one (82-81) with 11:45 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Celtics responded with a 14-3 run to take a 95-85 lead with 7:52 left to play.
The margin remained at 10 until Barbosa drilled a 3-pointer with 6:19 to play, closing the score to 95-87.
That ignited a Warriors rally that pulled them as close as one (107-106) in the final seconds, but they never tied the game or took another lead.
Warriors: C Andrew Bogut left the game in the second half with a rib-cage injury and did not return. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery), F Andre Iguodala (L ankle sprain) and F Kevon Looney (R hip inflammation) were listed as out and placed on the inactive list.
Celtics: No injuries reported.
The Warriors return to action Sunday, when the Portland Trail Blazers visit Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:10 p.m.