Stephen Curry has built up an extensive catalog of accolades, accolades, scoring records and personal milestones during his glittering NBA Finals career. But when the stardust settled on his virtuoso 43-point display on Friday, many were convinced that they had just witnessed the best performance of all by the Golden State Warriors superstar. The 34-year-old took off his sore foot to take the Warriors to a 107-97 road win against the Boston Celtics, putting the best-of-seven series at 2-2 and regaining precious momentum. to go to Golden State, which will host two of the three remaining games in San Francisco.
Klay Thompson, Curry’s fellow “Splash Brother” marksman who has shared a court with the Warriors star for most of his career, had no doubts about where Friday’s masterpiece deserved to be ranked.
“Probably number 1,” Thompson said. “This was almost a game you have to win, and to go out and shoot as efficiently as he did, and get ten rebounds, they attacked him in defense.
“His fitness is unmatched in this competition.”
Draymond Green of the Warriors was equally effusive, praising Curry’s red-hot competitive nature.
“Put us on his back. He wanted us to win. He came out and showed why he is one of the best players who has ever played this game and why this organization has been able to drive him to such success,” said Green. . “Absolutely unbelievable.”
Thompson said Curry was “one of the most resilient, toughest guys I’ve ever played with.”
“The way the defense guards him, they’re constantly grabbing and he just keeps playing. He doesn’t make much of it. He just keeps doing what he’s doing.”
“It just says a lot about his toughness and his competitive nature and what it really means to be a winner.”
Curry, the NBA’s all-time leader for three-point shooting, made 7-of-14 from outside the arc Friday in what was the second 40-point NBA Finals game of his career.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, meanwhile, paid tribute to Curry’s physical fitness.
“Just stunning,” Kerr said afterwards. “The physicality out there is pretty dramatic. I mean Boston has the best defense in the league.
“Huge and powerful in every position, and for Steph to do that – that kind of pressure all game long and still be able to defend on the other side when they come at him…
“I think this is the strongest physically he’s ever been in his career, and it allows him to do what he’s doing.”
Stars across the NBA lined up on Friday to lavishly praise Curry.
“Chef is insane!!!” LeBron James wrote on Twitter, referring to Curry by his popular nickname. Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid simply said, “AMAZING.”
Curry, meanwhile, declined to comment on where he ranked Friday’s masterclass in his collection of signature performances.
“I don’t rank my achievements,” he said. “Just win the game.
“It means everything, knowing that tonight we had to have the sense of urgency to win on the road and keep some life in the series, get home field advantage back and try to build some momentum our way.”
Green, meanwhile, said he felt Curry was quietly girding himself for an epic feat in the days since the Warriors’ game three defeat in Boston on Wednesday.
“He didn’t let us lose. That’s the bottom line,” Green said.
“You hear all the noise for a day or so, and I could tell from his attitude the last few days, even after the third game, that he would come out with that kind of fire.
“And he did, and we were all able to follow it.”
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