With starting wings Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes sitting due to ankle injuries on Friday, the Warriors needed Draymond Green to produce on both ends of the floor if they were going to extend their record start to 24–0.
He rose to the occasion, and then some.
Green finished with the first 5x5 stat line since Nicolas Batum did so in Dec. 16, 2012. He scored 24 points, and added 11 rebounds, eight assists, five steals and a season-high five blocks in 50 minutes en route to a 124–119 double-overtime victory over the Boston Celtics.
He shot 8-of-20 from the field, and picked up four of his 11 rebounds in overtime. While he only managed one bucket in either of the extra sessions, it was a big one. Green’s driving layup with 52 seconds in the second overtime extended the Warriors’ lead to three, and helped them hold off the relentless Celtics.
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It was only the third time in NBA history that a player had recorded at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, five steals and five blocks.
In the past 30 years, the line has only been reached 16 times; aside from Green and Batum, Hakeem Olajuwon did it six times, Andre Kirilenko did it three times, and David Robinson, Vlade Divac, Marcus Camby, Derrick Coleman and Jamaal Tinsley all accomplished the feat once.
Green will be back in action when the Warriors travel to face the Bucks at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.