Steph Curry put the Warriors on his shoulders and led Golden State to a crucial 107-97 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on the road.
Curry was the best player on the field at TD Garden on Friday night, as he has been for much of the best-of-seven series. The Warriors’ sharpshooter scored 43 points in the contest, including seven 3-pointers (14-for-26 from the field).
“A lot of credit to him. He was great tonight,” Al Horford said of Curry, who scored 14 points in the third quarter alone. “I think you have to give him his credit when credit is due. Just really tough and made plays for their team and put them in a position to win the game. Got to give him credit.”
Curry was outstanding. He hit contested jumpers and got into the paint, and the 6-foot-2 point guard had 10 rebounds, including two of Golden State’s 16 offensive rebounds. He continued to defy rationality by requiring so little space to fire a shot.
“We were there. He’s a great player; he made shots,” Marcus Smart said of Curry. “He made a lot of the shots where we were contesting from behind. We had somebody there and he was just making them. That’s what he does. We obviously have to do a better job of limiting that. We got to make it even more tough for him. It is what it is.”
If the Celtics had taken a 3-1 series lead, Curry’s Warriors would have faced a rough road ahead of them. Fortunately for the Dubs, the world’s best shooter assisted them in avoiding this.
“We could have done our job better. But give credit to him. He’s one of the best players in the world,” Jaylen Brown said. “He’s been here before. He had it rolling tonight. Big performance by him. But we have to do a better job of containing. It’s tough. It’s hard. But we know. We never said it was supposed to be easy. We just get ready for the next game. That’s it.”
The NBA Finals will now move to Golden State for Game 5 on Monday at the Chase Center. The game will begin at 9 p.m. ET.