Steph Curry scores 43, Warriors down Celtics to even NBA Finals
Stephen Curry recorded 43 points and 10 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors evened the NBA Finals at two games apiece with a 107-97 victory over the host Boston Celtics in Game 4 on Friday night.
Curry made 14 of 26 field-goal attempts — including 7 of 14 from 3-point range — while moving with ease on the left foot he injured late in Game 3. His previous high in this year’s postseason was 34.
Klay Thompson scored 18 points and Andrew Wiggins contributed 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Warriors. Jordan Poole added 14 points for Golden State.
Jayson Tatum had 23 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, Marcus Smart added 18, Derrick White had 16 for Boston and Robert Williams III collected 12 rebounds.
Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is Monday at San Francisco.
Golden State finished the game with a dominating 17-3 burst over the final five minutes.
Smart drained a 3-pointer to give Boston a 94-90 lead with 5:18 remaining, but the Warriors answered with 10 consecutive points. Wiggins scored on a putback, Thompson hit a 3-pointer and Curry sank a floater for a 97-94 edge with 3:49 to play.
Neither team scored for more than two minutes before Curry buried his seventh 3-pointer to make it a six-point margin with 1:42 to go.
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Al Horford ended the Celtics’ drought by hitting a 3-pointer with 1:32 left. However, Golden State’s Kevon Looney made a layup with 1:04 to play and Curry sank 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to seal it.
Golden State made 44 percent of its shots and was 15 of 43 (34.9 percent) from behind the arc. Looney grabbed 11 boards.
The Celtics shot 40 percent from the field, including 15 of 38 (39.5 percent) from 3-point range.
The Warriors scored the first five points of the third quarter to tie the score at 54, but Boston responded with a 9-2 push to move ahead by seven.
Curry scored 14 points in the quarter and made four 3-pointers, with three of the treys coming in the final 4:19. The last one gave Golden State a 79-78 edge with 58.5 seconds left in the stanza.
Tatum had 16 points as the Celtics led 54-49 at halftime. Curry had 19 before the break for the Warriors.
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