Steph Curry He showed off his competitive soul this Friday and two days after setting off the alarms due to a foot injury, he sealed a double-double of 43 points and ten rebounds to give the Golden State Warriors a 107-97 win over the Celtics in the Boston T.D. Garden and tie the NBA Finals 2-2.
Curry water based on triples the party of the Celticswho could give a blow to the series in case of victory, and returned home court advantage to the Warriors, owners of their destiny in the Chase Center.
The series, to the best of the seven, will have at least two more chapters. Return this Monday to San Francisco for game five and back to Boston for game six. But in case of a tie, the Warriors will be able to play for the fourth ring in eight years at home.
They beat the Celtics led by their brightest star, who finished with 43 points, ten rebounds and four assists, supported by the 18 by Klay Thompson and by an Andrew Wiggins fighter in the paint, able to add 16 valuable rebounds to his 17 points.
The Celtics gave up despite the double double of 23 points, eleven rebounds and six assists from Jayson Tatumthe 21 points and six rebounds of Jaylene Brown and the 18 points, four rebounds and five assists of Marcus Smarton a night in which the Dominican Al Horford He finished with eight points, six rebounds and four assists.
EQUALITY IN THE GARDEN
If in the third game the Celtics They had had a forceful start, reaching an 18-point lead in the second period, this time the equality reigned, with small partials by both parties, errors and a fight for rebounds that did not see any clear winner.
Steve Kerr bet on Otto Porter Jr. in the opening fifth, although the Saint Louis forward barely scored two points, grabbed a rebound and provided an assist in fourteen minutes.
Steph Curry It didn’t take him long to show that the fear for his foot had already passed and he led his Warriors with twelve points in the first period and 19 at halftime, sparking his team’s attacks.
He sold two consecutive three-pointers to improve his to 23-18, after trailing 6-12, and shone alongside Andre Wiggins’ eleven, although the WarriorsUnusually, they did more damage to the paint than from the perimeter.
His improvable success (18 of 49 in the first half) forgave some Celtics who fell back into their nightmare, lost balls. They accumulated ten just in the first two quarters, although it only cost them twelve points.
Tatum and Brownwith 16 and twelve points each, allowed Ime Udoka’s men to go to the locker room with a 54-49 score, a satisfactory margin for the locals considering that the Warriors used to be forceful when it came to punishing rival turnovers in this series (They had 33 after the Celtics had 18 turnovers in Game 2.)
… AND FINISHES
But local optimism dipped in the third quarter, when Curry spiked up the level. After going 2-for-6 from 3-point range in the first half, he brought out the best version of himself and hit 4-for-5, scoring 14 points that allowed the Warriors to gradually thwart the Warriors’ resistance. Celtics.
those of udoka They managed to cut their lost balls (only two), but they could do nothing to stop the push of Curry. And it was, once again, a struggling third quarter for the Celtics.
If Brown barely scored three points in that third period, it started as a shot in the fourth, in which he sealed some spectacular plays, with penetrations and added fouls. Illusion to the Garden, but he could not be the protagonist of the night.
Neither he nor a Smart with a good rhythm from the perimeter were enough to contain the monumental night of Curry.
Supported by Thompsonand without trace of Poole ni Green, Curry he illuminated the most physical and nervous moment of the match with his class and, with two consecutive three-pointers, launched the Warriors up to 100-94, with 1:42 to play.
A great triple Horfordleader in the most difficult moments, approached the Celtics (97-100), but his team did not score again and definitively succumbed to the 43 points of a Curry who finished his game from the free throw line, receiving chants of ‘MVP’ from the Warriors fans present in the stadium. Garden.
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