Kerr proud of Warriors after Celtics halt winning run


Steve Kerr had nothing but praise for his Golden State Warriors team after seeing their incredible run of NBA regular-season home victories ended by the Boston Celtics on Friday.

The NBA champions had reeled off 54 wins in a row before the Celtics arrived at Oracle Arena, where Kerr's men were 36-0 this season.

But, despite a 29-point haul from the outstanding Stephen Curry, it was the Celtics who prevailed 109-106 to consign the Warriors to a first home loss in the regular season since January last year.

Evan Turner (21 points) made a pair of free throws with 18 seconds remaining, and despite Harrison Barnes (14) making it a one-point game from beyond the arc just seconds later, Isaiah Thomas (22) scored underneath the basket late to see off the Warriors.

The defeat dented the Warriors' pursuit of the record for most regular-season wins set by the Chicago Bulls - who won 72 in 1995-96 - but Kerr expressed pride that his players were able to string together so many victories before finally coming unstuck.

He said: "I congratulated them, they just won 54 home games in a row. What our guys have accomplished is incredible.

"I don't know if people understand the intensity it takes and the work that it takes to put together a streak like that, to compete night-in, night-out when you're worn out.

"It takes a lot out of you, especially when every game is the other team's biggest game. People are coming after us and I told the guys how proud I am of them for putting together an amazing streak."