NBA: Stephen Curry’s iconic performance stunned Warriors teammates

June 10, 2022;  Boston, Massachusetts, USA;  Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, 30, took a free-throw against the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden.  Compulsory Credit: David Butler II - USA Today Sports

June 10, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, 30, took a free-throw against the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden. Compulsory Credit: David Butler II – USA Today Sports

Stephen Curry’s 43-point masterpiece in Game Four of the NBA Finals on Friday stunned his Warriors teammates, his coaches and basketball fans everywhere.

With Golden State risking a 3-1 hole against the Celtics in Boston, Curry was great, scoring 14 of 26 shots and collecting 10 rebounds, including seven three-pointers, to tie the series 2-2.

“Probably number one,” Clay Thompson said when asked to rank Curry’s performance in a final.

“It was almost a winning game, so going there and shooting as efficiently as he did and grabbing 10 rebounds while attacking him in defense? His conditioning is not second in this league.

“Steff played incredible.”

Forward Drymond echoed Green Thompson.

“He put us on his back and wanted us to win,” he said.

“We had a much-needed win, a game, and he came out and showed why he was one of the best players in the game and why the company was able to lead him to so much success.

“It’s absolutely incredible.”

Four-time NBA champion LeBron James says Curry is “different” from other players and he still doesn’t get the respect he deserves.

“It’s rare and rare likes and dislikes,” James tweeted.

After the game, Curry redirects praise from his teammates.

“I don’t rank my performance,” Curry said. “Just win the game.”

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who is hoping to lead the franchise to its fourth championship along with Curry, Thompson and Green, said he was grateful.

“Whenever I finish coaching, I look back and thank Stef because night after night he has made this situation easier for us as an organization for everyone,” Kerr said.

“He’s a special player, a special person.”

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