With 43 points from a titanic Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 107-97 on Friday and tied 2-2 in the NBA Finals.
Curry, 48 hours after finishing injured in Game 3, got on the backs of the Warriors to avoid running into a 3-1 deficit that has only been traced once in Finals history.
“We knew how important this game was. Personally, I just thank God that we avoided a major injury and got to play,” Curry said after the most tense and fast-paced game of the series so far.
Curry finished the game with 43 points, 7 3-pointers, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in one of the greatest displays ever seen in a Finals game.
Using impossible baskets and 3-pointers under maximum pressure, the point guard rescued the Warriors time and time again every time they stalled against the ferocious Boston defense.
Canadian Andrew Wiggins seconded him with 17 points and 16 rebounds while veteran Klay Thompson contributed 18 points.
“There was a lot of pride in our group, a lot of talk in the last 48 hours about how we could bounce back in this series,” Curry explained.
At 34 years old, the point guard is marveling in these Finals, scoring an average of 34.3 points per game and assuming even greater responsibilities than in his previous five Finals with Golden State (2015-2019), in which he won three rings without being never recognized with the MVP award (Most Valuable Player).
Jayson Tatum’s (23 points) and Jaylen Brown’s (21) Celtics came close to dealing a near-definitive blow to the tie, buoyed by the 19,000 passionate fans at TD Garden.
Time and where to watch Game 5 of the NBA Finals:
Date: Monday, June 13
Hours: 8:00 p.m.
Channel: ESPN/Star +
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Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics: time and where to watch game 5 of the NBA finals