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The Boston Celtics took their incredible winning streak to 14 games at the expense of the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

It was a statement win for the C's and their 92-88 win showed why they are the hottest team in the NBA at the moment.

For the Dubs, it was their fourth loss of the campaign but more significantly, it could be a preview of this year's finals matchup and Boston proved they can hold their own against the defending champions.

But the Warriors will blame themselves for the loss after twice squandering 17-point leads and going cold for a large period in the third quarter.

Stephen Curry (3-of-14), Klay Thompson (5-of-18) and Draymond Green (3-of-11) all struggled shooting the ball and it led to a season-low of 88 points for the league's best offence that entered the night averaging 119.6 points.

With many of the starters finding things tough, it was down to the reserves to step up and give the team a spark and one man, in particular, duly obliged.

2017 NBA Finals - Game Three

Andre Iguodala played 30 minutes off the bench and gave Steve Kerr's men a boost, including one of the highlight plays of the game.

On a fastbreak, the veteran received a pass from Klay Thompson and posterised Celtics guard Marcus Smart with a vicious one-handed dunk.

As we've come to expect, the Warriors bench erupted as they enjoyed what they saw from Iggy and produced another brilliant reaction.

The 33-year-old ended the game with eight points, four rebounds and one assist and led a strong offensive performance from Golden State's second unit to make up for the struggles of the starters, significantly outscoring Boston's bench.

The points total for the Bay Area franchise was their lowest output since acquiring Durant last year and is a testament to the Celtics defence, which is currently the best in the league.

After missing their last encounter with the Orlando Magic with a thigh injury, Curry returned to the lineup but only managed to put up nine points and shot just 2-of-9 in his worst game of the season so far.

"It was just one of those nights," Curry said, per ESPN. "We had control of the game despite how bad we all were shooting. We just didn't sustain ourselves defensively."

Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

The Oakland-based outfit will hope to bounce back from this defeat in their next encounter as they'll take on the in-form and much improved Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

The two teams played out an entertaining game at Oracle Arena recently and we can hopefully expect the same again as the exciting young Sixers test themselves against the champs and look to put down a marker.

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NBA
Andre Iguodala
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
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