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5 takeaways from the Golden State Warriors' statement win over the Boston Celtics

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Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant [NBA Getty Images]

In a contest that had the atmosphere of an NBA Playoff game, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in Boston, 115-111.

These teams will face off one more time in the regular season on March 5 but may meet again in the NBA Finals.

Here are your takeaways from the Warriors' statement win over the Celtics...

Curry's second quarter

Kevin Durant went for 14 points in the first quarter to build a three-point Warriors' lead but Stephen Curry took over scoring duties for the second frame.

After going 0-for-3 from beyond the arc in the first, he converted his first five 3-point attempts in the second quarter.

He was so confident in his shot, he was even celebrating before they fell.

His fifth 3-pointer of the quarter put the Warriors up seven and they extended that lead to as much as nine. Boston responded with a 10-0 run on a couple buckets from Kyrie Irving and a pair of tough fadeaway jumpers from Al Horford and Jayson Tatum.

Curry scored 17 points in the frame while Jaylen Brown's 10 points in the quarter kept things interesting.

The two runs negated each other, giving the Warriors a 61-59 lead going into the half.

Kyrie Irving steps up again

Kyrie Irving has stepped up in big games countless times for the Celtics this season.

He had 19 points in the first half, then the Warriors made some halftime adjustments highlighted by Klay Thompson marking Irving.

Irving went scoreless in the third quarter, but didn't let that define his night. He went on to score 13 points in the fourth quarter including several clutch finishes at the rim to keep Boston in the game.

He had a tough turnover and a missed contested fadeaway down the stretch but his 32 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and two steals on the night gave Boston their best chance to defeat the reigning champions.

Over the last five games, Irving has averaged 32.0 points, 9.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals while shooting over 50.0 percent from the field and 3-point land.

Hayward's absence

Gordon Hayward has taken the fall for the Celtics many times already this season, but there is no doubt that Boston needed more out of him tonight.

Hayward played 22 minutes off the bench shooting 0-for-5 from the field and 0-for-1 from three for a grand total of two points. Brad Stevens relies on their depth and their bench scoring to play a role in every game and tonight, the Celtics bench only had 16 points.

The Warriors, who don't rely on their second unit to score at all, got 17 points from the bench. The Celtics' bench was a combined minus-33 while the Warriors' bench was a combined plus-33.

The Celtics are 16-6 when Hayward reaches double-digit points and they could have used a scoring boost to give their starters a lift tonight.

The Curry-Durant-Thompson trifecta

Stephen Curry scored 24 points tonight. Kevin Durant scored 33 points tonight. Klay Thompson scored 21 points tonight.

Each player took turns stepping up tonight too. As previously stated, Durant scored 14 in the first quarter then Curry picked up where he left off with 17 in the second.

Thompson sprinkled in his points throughout all four quarters, but hit one of the biggest shot of the game. With the game tied at 108 and two minutes on the clock, Klay buried a 3-pointer that gave Golden State a late lead.

When Marcus Smart matched that shot to tie the game, Thompson attacked the rim to get to the free throw line and sunk both free throws to give the Warriors a lead that they would not give up.

The Warriors are 38-4 when Curry, Durant and Thompson all reach the 20-point mark since acquiring Durant in the 2016 free agency and their 98 combined points proved to be too much for the Celtics to overcome.

Streaking Warriors

With tonight's win, the Warriors have won 10 games in a row - the longest streak in the NBA this season.

Even more impressive - that makes nine consecutive wins on the road, ending the Celtics' 10-game winning streak at the TD Garden.

The reigning champions have certainly found their groove now that the entire roster is healthy. Throughout their 10-game win streak their point differential is plus-160. That includes quality wins like a 31-point win on the road over the Denver Nuggets, and road wins over the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers.

They're 4-0 since inserting DeMarcus Cousins into the lineup and he's looked better every time he's stepped on the floor. Tonight, he finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in 24 minutes, playing through foul trouble.

It might be a little soon, but it seems like you can throw the 'Cousins could disrupt the Warriors' chemistry' takes out the window.

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