Curry too hot for Boston in NBA Finals

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Another Stephen Curry masterclass has helped Golden State level the NBA Finals series against Boston.

Curry scored 43 points to lead the Warriors to a 107-97 victory over the Celtics in Game 4 on Friday night, sending the series back to San Francisco knotted at two games apiece.

Two nights after shaking off a foot injury in a Game 3 loss, Curry stomped and shot his way to the third-best playoff performance of his career, adding 10 rebounds and making a pair of baskets during a 10-0 fourth-quarter run that turned a four-point Boston edge into a 100-94 Golden State lead.

"The heart on that man is incredible," Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. "The things he does, we kind of take for granted at times, to go out there and put us on his back. We've got to help him out on Monday."

The Celtics missed six straight shots during that span.

Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 16 boards for the Warriors, who will host Game 5 on Monday night.

They will also hold home-court advantage in a seventh game, if necessary.

"We knew how big this game was," Curry said.

"I just thank God that I avoided significant injury. For us to come out and do what we did and go home? That five-and-a-half hour flight home just got a little bit better."

Jayson Tatum had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and Robert Williams III had 12 rebounds for Boston.

Fans arriving at the TD Garden for what could have been the final time this season found a T-shirt draped over their seats with the 17 NBA championship banners lined up on the front.

There was a blank rectangle where the 18th would go.

Now the Celtics would need to win at least one more time in San Francisco to fill in the blank.

The amped-up crowd spent much of the game booing Warriors big man Draymond Green, chanting an obscenity at him that is usually reserved for Bucky Dent, and jeering his many misses.

The four-time All-Star shot one of seven but finished with nine rebounds and eight assists to go with two points.

Curry's ankle was an issue coming into 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 seven of 14 from 3-point range.

The Warriors won the third quarter for the fourth game in a row, but not as decisively as they had previously.

Golden State had a 30-24 edge coming out of the break, closing with a 14-7 run to erase a six-point Boston lead. Curry scored 14 points in the quarter, making four 3-pointers.

"He wasn't letting us lose. That's all it boils down to," Green said. "I could tell in his demeanour, last couple of days, even after Game 3 that he was going to come out with that kind of fire."

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