BOSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 43 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 107-97 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday night, sending the two-game-a-piece series back to San Francisco.
Curry added 10 rebounds and made two baskets during a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter that turned a four-point Boston advantage into a 100-94 lead for Golden State. The Celtics missed six shots in a row during that span.
Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 16 boards for the Warriors, who will host Game 5 on Monday night. If necessary, they would keep the home advantage in the seventh game.
Jayson Tatum had 23 points and 11 rebounds but only managed one basket while playing the entire fourth quarter. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and Robert Williams III had 12 rebounds for Boston.
Fans arriving at TD Garden for what may be the last time this season found a t-shirt draped over their seats with the 17 NBA championship banners lined up on the front. There was an empty square where the 18th would go.
Now the Celtics would have to win at least one more game in San Francisco to fill the gap.
The frenzied crowd spent much of the game booing Warriors big man Draymond Green, chanting an obscenity normally reserved for Bucky Dent and jeering at his many misses. The four-time All-Star shot 1 of 7 but finished with two points with nine rebounds and eight assists.
Curry’s ankle was a problem on 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 7 of 14 from 3-point range.
Williams was considered questionable when he came into play with the knee injury that kept him out late in the regular season and early in the playoffs. He started strong with 10 rebounds in the first half, but he limped in the second half and was benched for the last few minutes.
He finished with seven points remaining with four assists and two blocked shots and played 31 minutes.
The Warriors won the third quarter for the fourth straight game, but not as decisively as before.
Golden State held a 30-24 lead off the break and finished on a 14-7 run to erase a six-point lead for Boston. Curry scored 14 points in the quarter, making four 3-pointers.
The Warriors beat the Celtics in the finals with an aggregate score of 136-87.
The fourth quarter was decisive this time.