With his team facing a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit and seemingly everyone around him (save for Andrew Wiggins) struggling, Stephen Curry submitted his masterpiece.
The future Hall of Famer dropped 43 points on 14-of-26 shooting (7-of-14 from deep) with 10 rebounds and four assists in a 107-97 Warriors win, evening the series at 2-2. It was the third-most points he has scored in a game in his career.
That included a backbreaker in the fourth quarter to put the Warriors up six points with less than two minutes left:
— NBA (@NBA) June 11, 2022
Here is the new list of NBA players who have posted 40 points, 10 rebounds and seven 3-pointers in a Finals game:
1. Stephen Curry
Pretty good for a player who entered the game with injury concerns after a rough collision in Game 3.
Despite already possessing three rings, two MVPs, the all-time NBA 3-point record and plenty more accolades on his resume, this Finals has still become something of a referendum on Curry's legacy as an all-time great player. Judging from the reaction of his NBA peers watching at home, he is well on his way to quieting his last few doubters:
Chef is INSANE!!! 😂😂😂😂😂
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 11, 2022
— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 11, 2022
Everyone keeps talking about what Steph ain’t. Let’s talk about what he is. A BAD MFer!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) June 11, 2022
30 is a bad boy.
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) June 11, 2022
Steph Amazing bruh…
— Immanuel Jaylen Quickley (@IQ_GodSon) June 11, 2022
30 is a different breed!
— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) June 11, 2022
30 is different.
— Seth Curry (@sdotcurry) June 11, 2022
He’s really good at the game of basketball
— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) June 11, 2022
Special performance by 30 sheesh
— Tyrese Haliburton (@TyHaliburton22) June 11, 2022
Yea man Steph different! My goodness! 🔥
— Andre Roberson (@FlyDre21) June 11, 2022
One of the main reason Steph be hooping like this is cuz he in the best shape of any NBA player ever no kap
— RJ (@RjHampton14) June 11, 2022
— Maurice Harkless (@moe_harkless) June 11, 2022
Wow...Steph is starting to become a pretty good player 🤣🤣🤣
— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) June 11, 2022
Game 5 of the NBA Finals is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT Monday in San Francisco.