“The left foot is not an issue,” said Stephen Curry after dropping 43 points en route to a 107-97 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
After the Celtics dominated the offensive glass in Game 3, the Golden State Warriors responded with a vengeance at the TD Garden on Friday night. Andrew Wiggins provided 17 points and 16 rebounds, Curry added 10 rebounds to his impressive stat sheet and Kevon Looney provided 11 rebounds off the bench.
Robert Williams dominated the paint early and often for Boston, with 5 points and 5 rebounds in the first quarter alone.
Although the Celtics big man did play 31 minutes, the Time Lord was limited after Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr seemed to match Looney’s minutes to Williams’ in the second and third quarter.
With the interior taken care of, Curry and his fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, are well aware of how to play on the outside.
Curry and Klay combined for 61 points, 11 three-point field goals made and not even the stifling defense of Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown could stop incredible shots like these.
With a chance to go up 3-1, Boston simply could not hit the big shots when it mattered. Although there has been plenty of criticism surrounding Steph Curry’s past performance in the Finals, Curry silenced any doubt with his clutch shooting on Friday night.
"The things he does, we kind of take for granted from time to time. But to go out there and put us on his back, I mean, we've got to help him on Monday,” said Thompson.
Steph Curry is the second oldest player ever, at 34 years old, to have a 40 point, 10 rebound game in the NBA Finals. The oldest player? LeBron James at the age of 35.
And in case that was enough to silence the doubters, Curry joins Shaquille O’Neal and Rick Barry as the only players ever with a 43 point, 10 rebound and 4 assist NBA Finals game.
If there was any doubt in anyone’s mind about the greatness of Stephen Curry, the most incredible shooter of all time carried the Warriors to a seemingly impossible victory.
One word for Curry’s performance, from a guy who knows just a little bit about all-time greats in the finals? “Stunning,” said Steve Kerr.
The Celtics are the better team in this series, but the Warriors have the best player. If Golden State is able to achieve their 4th championship of this dynasty, it will be on the back of the Finals MVP, and their leader, Steph Curry.