For Golden State Warriors quarterback Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry’s 43-point in Friday’s 107-97 win over the Celtics in Boston is “probably the best” his teammate has ever achieved in an NBA Finals game.
The Splash Brothers have experienced it all in five previous consecutive finals, the joys of three titles (2015, 2017, 2018), and the disappointments of two losses (2016, 2019).
The serious injury to the left knee for Thompson and several individual exploits fuel their successes.
But Curry’s 43 points (10 rebounds, 4 assists), 14/26 shooting, including 7/14 from long range, to almost single-handedly bring his team to a crucial victory, similarly with a 2-2 tie in this intense series, is apart.
Especially since two days earlier, he had hurt his left leg, and the question was whether he would be in full possession of his means.
“He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever played with. No matter how opponents defend him, he doesn’t care much about it. He simply continues to do what he knows how to do.
It says a lot about his tenacity, competitiveness, and what it means to be a winner,” Thompson said.
“He was amazing, and he carried us on his back. […] He’s shown why he’s one of the best players ever to play basketball,” said teammate Draymond Green.
The all-time leading three-point scorer managed 7 on Friday, making him the only player to score at least five award-winning shots in each of the first four games of a final.
“What he did is just dazzling. Boston has the best defense in the league. And for Steph, enduring that kind of pressure throughout the game shows that he’s never been stronger physically.
Which allows him to do what he does,” summed up his coach Steve Kerr.
He refused to say what place his evening masterclass occupies in his career: “I do not classify my performances. I’m just winning the game.
Especially knowing the sense of urgency that animated us to stay alive in the series, recover the advantage of the field and try to create a dynamic in our direction.
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