Inside The Box Score: 2022 NBA Finals, Game 4

• Complete coverage: 2022 NBA Finals Stephen Curry was not going to let the Warriors head back to San Francisco trailing 3-1 in the 2022 NBA Finals as he put on a performance for the ages at TD Garden in Boston on Friday night. Curry finished with 43 points, 10 rebounds, seven 3-pointers and four assists to lead the Warriors to a 107-97 win and a series tied at 2-2 as the Finals head back to California for Game 5 on Monday. Let’s take a deep dive into all aspects of the box score:

Traditional • Curry posted 40 points or more for the seventh time in his playoff career, and second in the NBA Finals – he scored a playoff career-high 47 points in Golden State’s Game 3 loss to Toronto in the 2019 Finals. The Warriors are now 5-2 when Curry scores 40 or more in a playoff game. • Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high and career-best 16 rebounds for the Warriors. Wiggins’ previous career high in rebounds in any game – regular season or playoffs – was 11, which he hit three times this season.

• Steve Kerr made a change to the starting lineup by going with Otto Porter Jr. over Kevon Looney. Porter finished with just two points in 15 minutes, while Looney still played 28 minutes off the bench and finished with six points, 11 rebounds and a game-high plus-21. • Draymond Green continued to struggle on offense, scoring just two points on 1-for-7 shooting, but he did dish out a game-high eight assists. For the series, Green has accumulated more fouls (18) than points (17).

• Jayson Tatum finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and a team-high six assists. However, he shot just 8-for-23 (34.8%) from the field, including 4-for-15 (26.7%) on 2-point shots and committed a game-high six turnovers. • Jaylen Brown finished with 21 points on 9-for-19 (47.4%) shooting, which was the best shooting performance of the night for the Celtics outside of Robert Williams III’s 3-for-3 game on the inside.

• In Boston’s two wins in this series, it has shot 50.6% (Game 1) and 48.3% (Game 3) as a team, respectively. In their two losses in the series, the Celtics have shot 37.5% (Game 2) and 40% (Game 4). Boston has been held below 100 points only four times this postseason: Game 1 vs. Milwaukee, Game 5 at Miami and their two losses to Golden State in the Finals.

• Golden State’s bench – Looney, Gary Payton II, Jordan Poole and Nemanja Bjelica – combined to score 25 points on 11-for-22 shooting as they bested the Boston bench by six points. Boston’s reserves – Derrick White, Grant Williams and Payton Pritchard – combined for 19 points (16 of which came from White alone) on 5-for-19 shooting.

• The first three games of the series featured only 11 total seconds of clutch time – score within five points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime – and that came in Game 1, when Al Horford made a 3-pointer with 4:49 to play in the game to put Boston up by six. The game never got within five again as the first three games were decided by 12 points or more. But Game 4 finally delivered some clutch play. When the game hit the five-minute mark to activate clutch time, Boston led 94-90; the Warriors would score the next 10 points to lead 100-94 and deactivate clutch time with a six-

point lead. Al Horford’s 3-pointer with 1:32 to play – which proved to be Boston’s only points in the final five minutes brought the margin back to within five and reactivated clutch time. Golden State responded with a Looney layup and a Curry free throw to once again make it a six-point game with 48 seconds to play.

• In addition to winning clutch time in the fourth quarter, the Warriors also maintained their stranglehold on the third quarter as they outscored the Celtics 30-24 to increase their third-quarter margin for the series to plus-49. The Warriors also cut into Boston’s fourth-quarter margin, which was plus-40 entering Game 4 and now stands at plus-31 following Friday’s game.

• For the series, Golden State has outscored Boston by a cumulative total of one point (422-421). The Warriors have made four more 2-point shots (90-86), while the Celtics have made seven more free throws (57-50). The teams are tied from beyond the arc with 64 made 3-pointers each. Fill in some text