SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry injured his left foot late in the first half and did not return as Marcus Smart and the Boston Celtics routed the Golden State Warriors 110-88 on Wednesday evening.
Curry was injured with 4:19 remaining in the second quarter along the sideline while rushing for a loose ball as Smart made a diving lunge on the play and landed on the defending champion’s leg. Curry winced in pain and got to his feet but limped off before coming out on the next dead ball moments later.
It happened when Smart made another aggressive play, receiving a Flagrant 1 foul 4:09 before halftime when he jumped up and caught his leg on Klay Thompson’s shooting arm. Smart got a listening ear from furious Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
The team said Curry, who had three points on 1-for-4 shooting, experienced pain in his foot.
Draymond Green was whistled for a technical for contesting a called foul on Thompson against Smart at 1:48, Green throwing his arms in the air in disgust and screaming.
Jayson Tatum had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead Boston, while Jalen Brown scored 14 of 26 points in the first half. Smart finished with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and eight assists.
The Warriors couldn’t follow their fourth straight home loss to the Celtics and sixth of seven meetings in the Bay Area.
Boston’s stingy defense kept Golden State at a 29.3 percent cold in the first half. Jordan Poole was 1 of 8 but recovered to score a team-high 29 points.
It was a blow for Curry two days after dazzling for 47 points on his 34th birthday in a 126-112 win over the Wizards on Monday.
Green came off the bench for a second game in a row as he regains his strength after a back injury, his minutes reduced from 20 to 22.
Sophomore center James Wiseman has returned from his assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League and will continue to develop his conditioning. He started all three games and averaged 17.3 points — 22 of 42 for 52.4 percent — 9.7 rebounds and 1.67 blocks in 20.7 minutes.
He hasn’t played since April 10 last year while recovering from surgery on his right knee.
“The main thing is that he’s healthy and moving well and that’s the most important thing,” Kerr said. “That was our biggest concern initially. Can he build the momentum, keep it going and keep working on his conditioning, timing and so far so good. Glad to see him there.
Celtics: Derrick White was 0 of 8, missing all five of his 3-point tries. … Former Warriors assistant Aaron Miles, now with Boston, made the rounds to greet familiar faces before the game. … Boston improved to 4-7 on the road against the Western Conference.
Warriors: Poole has scored 20 or more points in eight straight games. … Andrew Wiggins and Nemanja Bjelica were both out with non-COVID illness, the second game in a row Wiggins missed. … Golden State would have been the first team this season to reach 30 home wins. The Warriors won the first meeting in Boston 111-107 on December 17. … The Warriors shot 7 for 21 in the first quarter.
Celtics: At Sacramento Friday night.
Warriors: Host San Antonio on Sunday night.
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