BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JUNE 10: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates a three point basket in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 10, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Red Hot Curry Defies Injury To Bring Warriors Level Against Celtics

You didn’t seriously doubt him, did you?

Just a couple of days on from lying on the court in Boston, writhing in agony after Al Horford had fallen onto his ankle, Steph Curry said he would play in Game Four of the NBA Finals series at the weekend.

He did. And then some.

Trailing the series 2-1 after the Celtic’s victory on Thursday, Curry produced a masterclass of shooting to lead Golden State Warriors to a 107-97 victory in Boston over the Celtics to level the series at 2-2, giving us a best-of-three finish.

And yet, it could all have been so very different.

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Celtics Good Start Undone Yet Again In Third Quarter

The first two quarters were tightly fought but it was the Celtics that came out just on

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JUNE 10: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball against Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics in the third quarter during Game Four of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 10, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

top of things, leading by five at the half.

However, this series has been typified by the Celtics losing their way in the third quarter and that happened once again.

This time though, it would be unfair to lay the whole blame on the Celtics players, as Steph Curry just took his game to a different level.

By the end of the third quarter, Curry’s exploits had clawed back that deficit and put the Dubs one point in front and then in the fourth quarter, Curry’s back-to-back three pointers put the Warriors six points ahead with two minutes remaining on the clock.

The Celtics could not stop him, even with the best defense in the league. And for once, their offense could not help them out, as they missed seven of their last eight shots as the Warriors finished the game on a 17-3 scoring run to take the win.

The scoreline was slightly flattering to the Warriors in truth, the Celtics did push them hard, even in the third quarter, but as he has been on so many occasions, Steph Curry was the difference between the teams.

Game Stats

Curry finished Game 4 with 43 points and not only that he added 10 rebounds and four assists alongside that, despite being the smallest man on the court.

Klay Thompson was the Dubs second highest scorer with 18 points, while Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole both added 17 and 14 points respectively.

Wiggins also deserves credit for landing 16 rebounds in the game, a key part of the Warriors victory

For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum hit 23 points and Jaylen Brown 21 and they will now know that tonight’s game in San Francisco will take on added significance.

A win for either team puts them on the hill, just one game from claiming the NBA Finals victory and with the Warriors holding home advantage in two of the potentially three games remaining, they have wrestled that advantage back from the Celtics too.

You can’t help but feel that Curry’s performance in Game Four may be the defining one of this NBA Finals series and if it is, then there will only be one name in the reckoning for NBA Finals MVP.

Latest Betting Odds

A quick look at the latest betting odds for the game on BetMGM Sportsbook reveals that the Warriors are now the -3.5 favorites to win Game 5 of the series tonigh on their home court.

You can get the Warriors at 8/13 to win on the moneyline, with the Celtics 27/20.

Tonight’s game feels like a massively significant one and the victors will take a huge step towards claiming the NBA Championship.

And given how hot Stephen Curry is playing at the moment, it is difficult to see how the Celtics can stop him.

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