Stephen Curry scored 49 points on Saturday against the Boston Celtics. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Stephen Curry scored 49 points on Saturday against the Boston Celtics. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors hold on for tight win over Celtics

OAKLAND — On Saturday, Stephen Curry did what he’s done so many times for the Golden State Warriors: He saved them.

The former unanimous MVP scored 49 points, threw five assists and grabbed four rebounds as the Dubs took down their peskiest rival, the Boston Celtics, 109-105.

Kyrie Irving was typically problematic for the Warriors. The Celtics point guard, and former Cleveland Cavalier, scored 37 points on 17 shots.

After Curry put Golden State up four with about 10 seconds to play, Terry Rozier hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one. It was emblematic of the contest as a whole: Neither team could put the other away. 

Both the Warriors and Celtics saw double-digit leads evaporate throughout the contest. But the home team was able to come away with the win after Curry sunk two final free throws with 6.9 seconds remaining.

The leaders of their respective conference, the Dubs and Celtics split the season series.

Golden State will embark on a three-game road trip next, playing at Utah on Tuesday.

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