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    Warriors stun Celtics with sizzling third quarter blitz to nab sixth straight win

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    Nov 19, 2016
    Kevin Durant and the Warriors pulled away from the Celtics in the second half. AP

    GOLDEN State unleashed a furious third quarter blitz to stun Boston, 104-88, as the Warriors nabbed their sixth straight win on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) at the TD Center.

    After leading by seven at the break, the Warriors pulled away from what was a tightly contested game early on with a 24-3 start in the second half, sparked by back-to-back triples from Draymond Green and Curry’s first trey of the game. Isaiah Thomas momentarily broke the drought draining a free throw with 4:52 in the third but the Celtics only managed nine points in the period.

    Golden State led by as much as 30 early in the fourth but the Celtics kept fighting and brought the lead down to 11 with 1:25 to go before Curry doused the rally with two straight baskets and sealed the win.

    Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant scored 32 of 55 first half points for the Warriors and ended up with 28 and 23 markers, respectively. Curry struggled from the field but still finished with 16 to help the Warriors improve to 10-2.

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    Boston, still without injured starters Al Horford and Jae Crowder, was led by Isaiah Thomas with 18 points. Avery Bradley had a double-double with 17 markers and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who fell to 6-6. Rookie Jaylen Brown finished with 11 points while Marcus Smart added 10 off the bench.

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    Kevin Durant and the Warriors pulled away from the Celtics in the second half. AP
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