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Curry catches fire with another masterclass as Warriors square NBA finals 2-2

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11th June, 2022
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Another Stephen Curry masterclass has helped Golden State level the NBA Finals series against Boston.

Curry scored 43 points to lead the Warriors to a 107-97 victory over the Celtics in Game 4 on Friday night, sending the series back to San Francisco knotted at two games apiece.

Curry added 10 rebounds and made a pair of baskets during a 10-0 fourth-quarter run that turned a four-point Boston edge into a 100-94 Golden State lead. 

The Celtics missed six straight shots during that span.

Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 16 boards for the Warriors, who will host Game 5 on Monday night.

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They will also hold home-court advantage in a seventh game, if necessary.

Jayson Tatum had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and Robert Williams III had 12 rebounds for Boston.

Fans arriving at the TD Garden for what could have been the final time this season found a T-shirt draped over their seats with the 17 NBA championship banners lined up on the front.

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There was a blank rectangle where the 18th would go.

Now the Celtics would need to win at least one more time in San Francisco to fill in the blank.

The amped-up crowd spent much of the game booing Warriors big man Draymond Green, chanting an obscenity at him that is usually reserved for Bucky Dent, and jeering his many misses. 

The four-time All-Star shot one of seven but finished with nine rebounds and eight assists to go with two points.

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Curry’s ankle was an issue coming into the night after Boston’s Al Horford landed on it late in Game 3.

But didn’t seem to bother him on Friday night. He played 41 minutes – only Wiggins spent more time on the court for the Warriors – and made 14 of 26 shots, including seven of 14 from 3-point range.

Steph Curry celebrates a three-point basket..

Steph Curry celebrates a three-point basket. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Williams was listed as questionable coming into the game with the knee injury that kept him out at the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs.

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He started strong, with 10 rebounds in the first half, but he was limping in the second half and on the bench in the final minutes.

He finished with seven points to go with four assists and two blocked shots, playing 31 minutes.

The Warriors won the third quarter for the fourth game in a row, but not as decisively as they had previously.

Golden State had a 30-24 edge coming out of the break, closing with a 14-7 run to erase a six-point Boston lead. Curry scored 14 points in the quarter, making four 3-pointers.

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The Warriors have outscored the Celtics by a combined score of 136-87 in the finals.

This time, it was the fourth quarter that was decisive.

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