Curry scores 43 at Warriors even series
Published 11:45 pm Friday, June 10, 2022
BOSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 43 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 107-97 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, sending the series back to San Francisco knotted at two games apiece.
Curry added 10 rebounds and made a pair of baskets during a 10-0 fourth-quarter run that turned a four-point Boston edge into a 100-94 Golden State lead. The Celtics missed six straight shots during that span.
Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 16 boards for the Warriors, who will host Game 5 on Monday night. They would also hold the home-court advantage in a seventh game, if necessary.
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Jayson Tatum had 23 points and 11 rebounds, but managed just one basket while playing the entire fourth quarter. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and Robert Williams III had 12 rebounds for Boston.
Fans arriving at the TD Garden for what could have been the final time this season found a T-shirt draped over their seats with the 17 NBA championship banners lined up on the front. There was a blank rectangle where the 18th would go.
Now the Celtics would need to win at least one more time in San Francisco to fill in the blank.
The amped-up crowd spent much of the game booing Warriors big man Draymond Green, chanting an obscenity at him that is usually reserved for Bucky Dent, and jeering his many misses. The four-time All-Star shot 1 of 7 but finished with nine rebounds and eight assists to go with two points.
Curry’s ankle was an issue coming into the night after Boston’s Al Horford landed on it late in Game 3. But didn’t seem to bother him on Friday night: He played 41 minutes — only Wiggins spent more time on the court for the Warriors — and made 14 of 26 shots, including 7 of 14 from 3-point range.
Williams was listed as questionable coming into the game with the knee injury that kept him out at the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs. He started strong, with 10 rebounds in the first half, but he was limping in the second half and on the bench in the final minutes.
He finished with seven points to go with four assists and two blocked shots, playing 31 minutes.
The Warriors won the third quarter for the fourth game in a row, but not as decisively as they had previously.
Golden State had a 30-24 edge coming out of the break, closing with a 14-7 run to erase a six-point Boston lead. Curry scored 14 points in the quarter, making four 3-pointers.
The Warriors have outscored the Celtics by a combined score of 136-87 in the finals.
This time, it was the fourth quarter that was decisive.
GOLDEN STATE (107)
Porter Jr. 0-2 2-2 2, Wiggins 7-17 1-2 17, Green 1-7 0-0 2, Curry 14-26 8-9 43, Thompson 7-17 0-0 18, Bjelica 0-2 0-0 0, Looney 3-4 0-0 6, Payton II 2-3 1-2 5, Poole 6-13 0-0 14. Totals 40-91 12-15 107.
Horford 2-6 2-2 8, Tatum 8-23 3-5 23, Williams III 3-3 1-2 7, Brown 9-19 1-2 21, Smart 7-18 1-1 18, Williams 1-2 0-0 3, Pritchard 0-2 1-2 1, White 4-12 5-5 16. Totals 34-85 14-19 97.
3-Point Goals–Golden State 15-43 (Curry 7-14, Thompson 4-10, Wiggins 2-6, Poole 2-7, Bjelica 0-1, Payton II 0-1, Green 0-2, Porter Jr. 0-2), Boston 15-38 (Tatum 4-8, White 3-5, Smart 3-9, Brown 2-6, Horford 2-6, Williams 1-2, Pritchard 0-2). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Golden State 55 (Wiggins 16), Boston 42 (Williams III 12). Assists–Golden State 20 (Green 8), Boston 22 (Tatum 6). Total Fouls–Golden State 21, Boston 17. A–19,156 (18,624)