The Celtics scored six points over the final 7:32 of Game 4, and the Splash Brothers delivered a vintage fourth-quarter performance that evened the NBA Finals for the Golden State Warriors.
Steph Curry scored 43 points in the 107-97 win against the Boston Celtics and stole their ticket to take a massive lead in the Finals.
Klay Thompson added eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer that gave the Warriors a 95-94 lead they would not relinquish in the final four minutes.
Steve Kerr stated that Steph Curry’s performance was “stunning”.
“The physicality out there is pretty dramatic. Boston’s obviously got the best defense in the league — huge and powerful at every position — and for Steph to take that kind of pressure all game long and still be able to defend at the other end when they are coming at him, shows you this is the strongest physically he’s ever been in his career.”
Steph Curry Steals The Show
Jayson Tatum led four Celtics in double figures with 23 points, but it took him 23 shots to get them. Jaylen Brown needed 19 shots to get his 21 points, and Marcus Smart added 18 points on 18 shots in the loss.
The Celtics jumped out to a lead for the third straight game, as Tatum connected on his first two 3-point attempts for an 11-4 edge. Wiggins countered with two of his own and eight points in the first nine minutes to sustain the Warriors long enough for Curry to catch fire. The Golden State point guard drained consecutive 3-pointers to give his team a 23-18 advantage, and he let the Boston crowd hear about it.
Tatum matched Steph Curry’s 12 first-quarter points, and Robert Williams found Grant Williams with a touch pass to the corner for a 3-pointer that beat the buzzer and salvaged the Celtics a 28-27 lead through one quarter.
The Warriors entered Game 4 having outscored the Celtics in third quarters by a total of 43 points in their first three meetings, and five straight from Steph Curry and Thompson out of the second-half gate kept TD Garden in its seat. Boston avoided a complete collapse and even led for most of the quarter, but 14 points from Curry in the third, including four more 3-pointers, gave Golden State a 79-78 lead entering the final frame.