LOS ANGELES: The Golden State Warriors’ record-setting home winning streak ended on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as the Boston Celtics defeated the reigning NBA champions 109-106.
The Warriors had won 54 straight regular-season games on their home floor in Oakland, California, a record streak dating back 14 months — to January 27, 2015.
They won the last 18 home games of last season and had opened this campaign with 36 straight in front of fans in Oakland.
“We wanted to stop that,” admitted Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “As a team, we just settled down and got a win in a hostile environment.”
The Warriors, who suffered just their eighth defeat of the season, are still chasing regular-season history in the shape of the NBA record of 72 wins in a campaign set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
The Warriors, now 68-8, must win five of their last six games to beat the Bulls’ record.
Randle fined for obscene gesture
Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Friday (Saturday in Manila) for making an obscene gesture after sinking a game-winning shot against the Miami Heat.
Randle made a hook shot with 1.9 seconds remaining in over-time in the Lakers’ 102-100 victory over the Heat on Wednesday in Los Angeles and then made the groin-cupping gesture.
Randle finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.
For the season, the second-year player is averaging 11.6 points and 10.2 rebounds a game. That puts him among only nine players in the NBA this season to be averaging a statistical “double-double” — double figure totals in two categories.