With their backs firmly against the wall, the Warriors needed their hobbled superstar to carry them to a victory.
And boy, did Stephen Curry ever deliver.
Curry scored 43 points — and grabbed 10 rebounds, too — to help the Warriors come from behind to take Game 4 of the NBA Finals from the Boston Celtics, 107-97, and even the series at two games apiece.
The win gives the Warriors another road victory in a postseason series, something they have done in each and every playoff series that Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have ever played in. It also means that the trio has won two games in every playoff series they’ve ever played in, too.
And while Thompson hit some vital 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and both Kevon Looney and Andrew Wiggins gave vital performances, June 10, 2022 is set up to forever be remembered as The Steph Curry Game.
Here’s what the Warriors are saying after the game:
On Curry’s performance:
Just stunning. The physicality out there is, you know, pretty dramatic. I mean, Boston’s got obviously, best defense in the league. Huge and powerful at every position, and for Steph to take that — that kind of pressure all game long and still be able to defend at the other end when they are coming at him shows you, I think this is the strongest physically he’s ever been in his career, and it’s allowing him to do what he’s doing.
On the emotion Curry showed on the night:
Well, everybody was emotional tonight. Down 2-1, we had to come out with some desperation and more physicality than we showed in Game 3. So it was a team-wide sense of aggression and emotion. That started right from the opening tip. Steph obviously doesn’t normally show a lot of emotion, but a night like tonight warranted it.
On pulling Draymond in the middle of the fourth:
Yeah, we took him out and put Loon in around maybe the eight-minute mark maybe, 7:40, which was our plan, anyway. But Loon was playing so well and Jordan Poole was playing so well, so we just stayed with the group.
We generally do that. Like most coaches, if you’ve got a group that’s going well, you just stay with it. The last few minutes we just went to kind of an offense-defense pattern with Draymond and Jordan alternating.
On sitting Curry to start the fourth:
He was not happy. I felt pretty good about where we were. The other night he played the whole fourth, and I didn’t love the way that quarter went, not because of how he played, but I think we were in a pretty good spot.
You know, to buy him a few minutes in that fourth quarter to start, I think to me was important. But you never know how it all plays out. You just kind of go with your gut.
On the 26th consecutive playoff series with a road win:
Well, you have a group of guys who are going to be in the Hall of Fame someday: Steph, Klay, Draymond. These guys are the constant. They have been here together throughout that span. So they are not only gifted but they are incredibly competitive, and that’s what it takes to win on the road. You have to summon that kind of will and intensity and passion, and those guys have that.