BOSTON -- The Warriors boosted their profile this season playing away from home against Eastern Conference teams and found themselves in new territory after drilling Boston 108-88 on Wednesday.

By avoiding a letdown playing on a second straight night and blasting the downtrodden Celtics, the Warriors came away from a winning road trip 14 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2007-08 season.

The Warriors have now won 14 of their past 19 road games for the first time in franchise history after seizing their 11th road win against an Eastern Conference team by way of a blowout.

"I feel like this team is peaking, and it's going up from here," Warriors guard Klay Thompson said.

Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) lands on Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo as he handles the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball
Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) lands on Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo as he handles the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Elise Amendola)

Thompson and David Lee scored 18 points apiece while Stephen Curry added 14 points before leaving the game with 6:43 left in the third quarter due to right leg soreness to get what coach Mark Jackson called "a well-deserved rest."

Jackson was happy with his team after going 4-2 on the road trip and matching the energy it had after knocking off Eastern Conference-leading Indiana the previous night. Boston is one of the worst teams in the NBA, but the Warriors avoided the temptation of taking it easy after a key win to close out the trip.

"Fortunately, we did not fall in love with what we did in Indy, and we came in, and we took care of business," Jackson said.

Said Thompson: "This win kind of validates last night, and we wanted to finish strong. We had a lot of reasons not to."


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The Warriors needed Thompson's game-winning shot to beat the buzzer at Indiana and win 98-96 on Tuesday and could have been satisfied to play Boston differently the next night. Instead, Golden State immediately took charge with a 12-2 lead to start the game and continued to press for another win.

"You hit a last-second shot, you kind of ride the wave," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "And they just looked like they were going to ride that wave all the way through tonight, right out of the gate."

Golden State limited its turnovers to 11 while the sloppy Celtics committed 22 of them while shooting 39.5 percent from the field as the Warriors defense continued to shine.

"The starters really wanted to come out and set the tone tonight and not give this Celtics team any life," said Lee, who also finished with 10 rebounds and four assists.

The Warriors led by as many as 31 points and had an easy time getting to the basket with 58 points scored in the paint.

"I thought we did a great job against a team in all honesty at this point we're better than," Jackson said. "It was the type of game where you can overlook them."

With 20 games left in the regular season, the Warriors are on the upswing, having won seven of nine games after the All-Star break. They've maintained the sixth-best record in the Western Conference.

Curry said after the game that he did not want to come out and probably could have played through his leg soreness.

"I wasn't going to risk it," Jackson said.

Curry looked just fine in the second quarter on one of his four assists, whipping a pass down the court to Andre Iguodala for a dunk. On the Warriors' next trip down the court, Curry hit a jump shot before converting a 3-point play to push the lead to 20. Iguodala hit a 3-pointer to make it 61-40 at halftime.

Curry and Thompson combined to shoot 2 for 12 from 3-point range, but it didn't matter against the Celtics, who couldn't keep up with the Warriors in transition.

Kelly Olynyk led Boston with 19 points.

Jordan Crawford had 15 points against his former team, playing the Celtics for the first time since arriving at Golden State in a trade in January.

For more on the Warriors, see the Inside the Warriors blog at ibabuzz.com/warriors. Follow Diamond Leung on Twitter at twitter.com/diamond83.

FRIDAY'S GAME

Atlanta (26-33) at Warriors (38-24), 7:30 p.m. CSNBA

ROAD WARRIORS

NBA teams with 20-plus road victories this season:

Team Record
San Antonio 23-8
Oklahoma City 20-9
Golden State 20-14