Stephen Curry had a wide-open look from the left corner Friday night, so he took his time, set his feet and unleashed his usual silky shot.
Only this one - like most of his jumpers on an uncharacteristically erratic shooting night - didn't end up anywhere close to the rim. Curry cocked his head to the side in dismay as the shot air-balled and got a sellout crowd of 18,624 chanting razzes in his direction.
"I knew right away, as soon as I let it go," Curry said of the second-half air ball. "It was just a weird feeling to be that open and then to see it go that far off. Obviously, my shot wasn't falling and I was kind of out of rhythm all night."
It was that kind of night for Curry and most of the Warriors as they struggled to find ways to create offense and lost to the hard-nosed and defensively improved Celtics 94-86 at the TD Garden.
Just two nights after placing himself in the national consciousness with 11 three-pointers and 54 points against the New York Knicks, Curry made just three three-pointers out of 11 tries and connected on only 6 of 22 field-goal attempts (27.3 percent).
Boston played physical defense against Curry, which allowed him to get to the free-throw line 10 times and finish with decent numbers (25 points and six assists). But his field-goal and three-point percentages were atypical and emblematic of the Warriors' struggles.
They shot 34 percent from the floor - 0.3 of a percentage point better than their worst showing of the season and marking just the eighth time they've shot below 40 percent. They made only five three-pointers - the 13th time they've had five or fewer - connecting on 21.7 percent, their fourth-worst percentage of the season.


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