OAKLAND -- Victories can be gorgeous or hideous over the course of an 82-game season. For a team committed to the whole, as the Warriors have been, the aesthetics are secondary to the result.
So they'll their 114-111 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday at Oracle Arena. Not only will the Warriors take it, they'll also like it.
And, yes, there were more than a few homely moments.
[RECAP: Warriors outlast Celtics at Oracle]
The Warriors (36-6) gave up 18 points on 13 turnovers. They took narrow losses in rebounding (48-47) and 3-point shooting (35.7 percent to 34.8). They were sloppy enough to keep Boston in the game and allowed nearly all of a 14-point lead to evaporate in the final minutes.
"We stayed composed, did what we had to do in the third quarter and get a little bit of separation," Stephen Curry said. "We had to hold on for dear life down the stretch, but that's just another big win to protect home court."
It was their 13th win in 14 games, their 19th in a row at home and also broke the franchise record (previously 35) for wins before the All-Star break. They're now 14-0 against Eastern Conference teams.
There's more: The Warriors have won 20 straight when their starting five -- Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut, Klay Thompson and Curry -- is together and are 25-1 overall when that group takes the floor.
When things are going so well, how vociferously does one pick nits?
"I was actually pretty happy with the effort," coach Steve Kerr said. "This is the point of the schedule where it gets really difficult to get up emotionally night after night after night. It was a workmanlike effort. We didn't do anything in a glaringly inefficient manner.
"For the most part, we did our job. We just didn't have a lot of life and legs. It's one of those games. It's late January, you've got to fight through it."
That's where the Warriors are these days, winning without their best, searching for elements to criticize and improve upon. By being plucky enough to snap their double-digit home win streak at 11, the Celtics (15-27) gave the Warriors something to study.
"It helps us to be in some close games," center Andrew Bogut said. "Our late-game execution wasn't great. We made some bonehead plays, let them back in the game.
"Now we (have) something we can address."
One game after his record-shattering performance on Friday night, Thompson's encore featured a game-high 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting.
Bogut, displeased with a first half in which he struggled to contain Boston big men Tyler Zeller and Jared Sullinger, responded in the second half with 9 points and 10 rebounds in 14 minutes. He finished with 13 and 13.
David Lee came off the bench to record seven assists, his season-high, in 16 minutes.
The Warriors cracked in the fourth quarter. They were outshot (45.5 percent to 39.1) and committed six turnovers, off which the Celtics scored 11 points. Boston scored 9 points in the final minutes, including 7 in a row during a 30-second stretch.
The Warriors lost the battle of second-chance points, this time 17-12.
Marreese Speights was uncharacteristically inaccurate with his shots, missing six of seven in his 13-minute stint off the bench.
The Warriors' bench was outscored 37-25; Zeller put in 15 points in 21 minutes.
When a team wins 55 to 70 games, as the Warriors seem destined to do, some are bound to perfunctory. This one certainly fit that profile. The Celtics are well-coached and scrappy but their subpar talent allowed the Warriors to escape despite themselves.
This is a game the Warriors might have lost on the road. Not at Oracle, where they have become masters of their domain. They don't believe they can lose at home, and there is good reason for their confidence: They don't lose at home.