BOSTON – The Golden State Warriors needed two overtimes to remain perfect on a very imperfect night from the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player.
Stephen Curry scored 38 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists and the Warriors improved to 24-0 this season by outlasting the Boston Celtics 124-119 Friday night.
Counting the wins in their final four games last season, the defending NBA champions have taken 28 in a row. They broke a tie with the 2012-13 Miami Heat for the second-longest winning streak in league history, and now trail only the 33 straight by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-72.
And the Warriors did it despite Curry's worst shooting night of the year.
"Exhausting, but it was fun," Curry said. "Obviously, it was nice to get the win. But we had to claw our way to it."
Curry made only nine of 27 shots from the field. But he was 6-for-13 from three-point range and 14-for-14 from the free-throw line, sinking a pair of foul shots with 13.4 seconds left to give the Warriors a three-point lead — his only points of the second overtime.
Jae Crowder missed a three-pointer to tie it, and Andre Iguodala got the rebound and drew the foul. That sent the Boston fans to the exits, but the Warriors crowd stayed to see Iguodala sink both free throws and keep the streak alive.
The Warriors play the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday to complete a seven-game road trip. No NBA team has ever gone 7-0 on a single trip.
"We will definitely cherish this, because it doesn't happen often," center Andrew Bogut said. "The record, the history, the team — it doesn't happen often, so we will cherish it. Who knows? Next year you could be on a different team and nobody's talking about you."
Draymond Green scored 24 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists and five blocked shots. Iguodala scored 13 with 10 boards and Festus Ezeli had 12 and 12 for Golden State.
The game brought a playoff atmosphere and a sold-out crowd to the new Garden, but the loyalties were more divided than usual. The Celtics' green dominated, but there was plenty of Golden State blue.