Stephen Curry’s 43 Points Help Golden State Beat Celtics in NBA Finals

BOSTON — After three blowout video games, the N.B.A. finals lastly received a nail-biter.

Golden State has gained every recreation it has performed after a loss in this year’s playoffs, and did it once more in Game 4 of the N.B.A. finals.

On Friday evening in entrance of a hostile crowd in Boston, Golden State evened its sequence with the Celtics, 2-2, and regained home-court benefit. Golden State gained, 107-97, with 43 factors from Stephen Curry, 18 from Klay Thompson and 17 from Andrew Wiggins.

As Golden State stretched its lead in the sport’s ultimate minutes, Celtics followers started to depart. When Curry was on the free-throw line with 19.1 seconds left in the sport, a chant of “M.V.P.” might be heard in the higher deck of the world.

The sequence will return to San Francisco for Game 5 on Monday, adopted by Game 6 in Boston on Thursday.

The crowd heartily booed Golden State’s gamers, starting in their pregame warm-ups.

When Thompson appeared on the courtroom an hour earlier than the sport, a bunch of followers in the decrease bowl booed him. He acknowledged them along with his arms and inspired them to get louder. Draymond Green emerged a couple of minutes later and drew a good louder explosion of boos. Two nights earlier than, Thompson had criticized the gang for chanting obscenities at Green.

The Celtics entered the sport with a 2-1 lead in the sequence and aspirations of handing Golden State its first back-to-back losses in this year’s playoffs. Before Friday’s recreation, Golden State had gained all 5 video games that adopted losses this postseason.

But Boston understood the fierce grip {that a} 3-1 lead can maintain in a best-of-seven sequence.

“We understand we have a chance to do something special, put some pressure on tonight,” Celtics Coach Ime Udoka mentioned earlier than the sport. “You have to come out with the same mind-set, understand it’s a long series, long game, not try to get it all in the first quarter, basically.”

The Celtics gained confidence from the way in which that they had performed on Wednesday evening.

“We have to replicate what we did in Game 3,” Celtics guard Marcus Smart mentioned. “We reduced our turnovers. We reduced our second-chance points, offensive rebounds. We just controlled the game, the game that we wanted to play.”

Golden State made a change to its beginning lineup for the primary time this sequence, changing Kevon Looney with Otto Porter Jr.

The playoffs this season have been characterised by blowouts, and the Celtics have performed in a number of of them, together with all three that got here throughout the finals. Boston gained Game 1 by 12 factors, lost Game 2 by 19 and gained Game 3 by 16.

But early on, Game 4 confirmed promise that it might be a tightly contested matchup that may keep fascinating till the tip.

Curry and Boston’s Jayson Tatum every scored 12 factors in the primary quarter, and Curry screamed on the crowd after hitting one in every of his two 3-pointers of the quarter.

The body ended with Tatum passing the ball into the paint to Robert Williams III, who flicked the ball out to (*43*) Williams in the nook for a 3. (*43*) Williams’s 3 gave Boston a 28-27 lead heading into the second quarter.

By halftime, the lead had modified fingers six instances and the rating had been tied 5 instances.

It was Celtics guard Jaylen Brown’s flip to shine in the second quarter. He scored 10 factors and Boston outscored Golden State by 9 factors when he was on the courtroom throughout that quarter.

Boston had stretched its lead barely by halftime, to 54-49.

But Golden State wouldn’t go quietly, particularly not with Curry obtainable. He had 33 factors heading into the fourth quarter, having scored 14 in the third.

The recreation was tied at 86 with eight minutes left.

Thompson picked up his fourth foul with 5:33 left in the sport and the gang chanted at him the identical obscene chant that they had directed at Green in Game 3, however changed “Draymond” with “Klay.” About one minute later, Thompson’s 3-pointer gave Golden State a 95-94 lead. Boston scored solely as soon as in the sport’s ultimate 5 minutes.

There was some doubt after Game 3 that Curry could be obtainable for Game 4 as a result of he harm his foot in a pileup whereas preventing for a free ball. Curry participated in Golden State’s shootaround on Friday morning and was cleared to play.

After Curry’s efficiency Friday evening, the primary question posed to Golden State Coach Steve Kerr in the postgame information convention was a cheeky one about how he thought Curry’s foot held up. Kerr laughed.

Thompson additionally was requested about Curry first when he took the postgame podium.

“The heart on that man is incredible,” Thompson mentioned.

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