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NBA Finals: Stephen Curry's 43-point classic had his fellow players buzzing

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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:

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:

Game 5 of the NBA Finals is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT Monday in San Francisco.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry celebrates during Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston on June 10, 2022. (Elsa/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry celebrates during Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston on June 10, 2022. (Elsa/Getty Images)
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