The Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry blew a chance to wrap up their game against the Denver Nuggets with Game 4, as the final score of 126-121 forced them to go into Game 5 in San Francisco.
The Warriors were close to sweeping the Nuggets, but the Nuggets were able to grab their first win of the series Sunday night. Stephen Curry missed four free throws, the most in his career, which surprised spectators throughout the game.
Curry addressed his four missed free throws after the game. Curry was upset with the misses, saying that he despised missing free shots. Curry went on to say that missing free throws was the worst feeling in the world. Curry also detailed how he missed the free throws, but he also gave himself credit for getting to the line 14 times during the game.
“Missed free throws. I hate them. It’s the worst feeling in the world because it’s what I do really well. This is where all in and outs, pretty much. 2 front rims, 2 in and outs so… I’m glad I got there 14 times, which speaks to how I’m feeling physically and just trying to be aggressive.”
Steph Curry on his career high four missed free throws: “I hate them. It’s the worst feeling in the world because it’s what I do really well.” pic.twitter.com/KK30IO9HHB
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Curry went on to say that it was the fouls that they got that made them slip up and stopped their scoring streak.
“It wаs the type of boneheаded fouls we committed thаt killed the momentum. It wаs pаrticulаrly difficult to get over the hump when they were hitting а lot of threes on top of bаd fouls аnd free throws,” sаid Curry.
“We know we cаn plаy better, we know we cаn tаke some things аwаy from them, we know we cаn control the gаme а little bit better, аnd thаt’s whаt we wаnt to do in Gаme 5 to wrаp up the series.”
Klay Thompson had a classic playoff performance, but it just wasn’t enough. He started off hot, scoring eight points in the opening quarter, but foul trouble limited him to less than four minutes.
He had four fouls at halftime, with the fourth going soft in the last seconds of the half. There’s no knowing how different this game may have turned out if those early fouls hadn’t happened.
Thompson scored 32 points in 31 minutes and nailed his first five 3-point tries. In the end, he went 12-for-20 from the field and hit seven of his 11 long shots. The Warriors’ remaining players went 5-for-23.
Thompson’s first 30-point postseason effort came in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, when he scored 30 before suffering a ruptured ACL. Thompson’s total points grew in each of the series’ four games. He scored 19 points in Game 1, 21 points in Game 2, 26 points in Game 3, and 32 points in Game 4.
Jordan Poole was averaging roughly 29 points per game before Game 4 and was the Warriors’ primary scoring option for much of the game. Rookie Jonathan Kuminga not only scored nine points in the second quarter, but he also played good defense against Nuggets player Nikola Jokić.