BOSTON – Stephen Curry is not very emotional during the game. But with Game 4 of the Golden State Warriors beating the Boston Celtics 107-97 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Curry kept her heart pounding all night.
Late in the first quarter, after hitting back-to-back 3-pointers, Curry ran to the opposite end of the court and shouted at Boston fans – something he does after stretching once or twice. Big shot, but rarely the opening moment.
“I felt like I had to tell everyone we were here tonight,” Curry said. “Whether it’s their crowd, their team, our team, whoever wants to see that energy and that fire, we feed him.
Curry finished with seven 3-pointers, 10 rebounds and four assists with 43 points on 14-in-26 shots. He became the fifth guard in NBA history to score at least 40 points and 10 rebounds in the final game.
“Incredible,” said Drummond Green. “Put us on his back. He made us ready to win. We needed to win. We wanted to play a game. He came out and showed why he is one of the best players in the game. It’s totally unbelievable. “
Green said he knows the Curry Warriors won’t give up. Kerr called his game “amazing.” Clay Thompson ranked Curry No. 1 finalist.
Curry did not rank his performance, but said he understood the importance of what he did on Friday night, especially what was at stake. The outcome of Friday’s match would have either reduced the Warriors to 3-1 or to have drawn the series in two games each.
Curry later confirmed.
“That means knowing the urgency to win the road tonight and keep some life in the series, to get the home-court advantage back and try to speed up our way a bit,” Curry said. Everything has to be done for this. That. “
Curry scored 33 points in the first three quarters, a trend that continued into the first three games of the series. But his problem was in the fourth quarter, where he averaged just three points on 30% field goal shooting. He scored only six points in 1, 2 and 3.
On Friday, he scored 10 runs in the final frame. He had a total of 24 points in the latter half of the final, the highest tie of his career.
The fourth quarter is when the Warriors face the Celtics as a team. Golden State took a 15-0 lead over Boston in crunch time and became the first team to win by at least 10 points as a rule after trailing a few times in the final five minutes of the final game of the last 50 seasons.
“We were helping each other, playing together, playing aggressively on the defensive side and most importantly just shutting down,” Wiggins said. “You know, he doesn’t catch rebounds. No offensive reactions. Couldn’t get a second chance. So he was big.”
With just one minute left in the game and the Warriors above three, Green caught an offensive rebound from a missed Thompson 3-pointer. He returned it to Curry, but the Celtics quickly got the ball back after throwing a double-team to Curry. Green then gave the ball to Looney, which ended with a sting on Al Harford.
Kerr called it the biggest bucket of the night. But Kareena took him to a point where he could turn a shot into a dagger.
“We take into account what he does from time to time,” Thompson said. “But getting out of there and putting us on his back means we have to help him on Monday.”
Curry got some help from Thompson on Friday, who scored 18 points and dropped four 3-pointers; Andrew Wiggins, who had 17 points and 16 rebounds; And Jordan Poole, who added 14 points. Kevin Looney, off the bench for the first time in the series, rebounded 11 and finished with a plus-21 net rating.
But Curry beat the rest of the Warriors 43-39. The 34-year-old is the oldest player to do so in the final game after 35-year-old Michael Jordan in Game 6 of 1998 against the Jazz.
Green struggled again, leaving no significant fingerprints on the game until his return late in the fourth. In the final five minutes of the game, Kerr decided to take Green out of the game on an offensive property.
According to Thompson, the Warriors know they want to help Curry. But they don’t say they need to do so by sharing scoring responsibilities.
“When a guy is on a roll like that, you get out of his way,” Thompson said.
Green continued: “Try to do whatever you can to get him to your place, to free him or to open up some space for him and get to his place. For us, we want to keep filling where we can. You have a shot, take it. I think if everyone is ready for the offensive end and it means crunchy with cuts, that is, with your pass, you will let him do what he does. “
Green said he knows Curry is going to play with an extra level of fire in Game 4, he can tell by looking at Curry’s behavior a couple of days ago.
Curry said he knows he wants to get into Game 4. He knew how fast the pace could change in the final, and if he could lead his team to victory in Boston, it would all be on his side.
“He was going to get out of that fire,” Green said. “And he did, and we were all able to follow him.”