The Golden State Warriors displayed their best show in the NBA Final series so far at the Quicken Loans Arena to tie the series 2-2. Cleveland Cavaliers won the previous two games to take 2-1 lead. With a convincing 103-82 win on Thursday night, the Warriors now take the series back to Golden State.
The Warriors didn’t depend on MVP Stephen Curry to outplay the Cavs in game 4, rather they exhibited an all-round team-performance. MVP though had his moments of brilliance in the game. Curry dribbled past Iman Shumpert by virtue of his body fiend and notched up a 3-pointer after stepping back behind the line to display his best.
“Tonight we came in with the mentality that we had to win this game,” said Curry, who returned with 22 points. Andre Iguodala, too, added 22 to the winners tally.
“We played desperate out there, man,” Klay Thompson said after restoring parity in the series. “We played real hungry. It was just awesome to come out here and impose our will on both sides of the ball and play our brand of basketball. That’s what’s been winning us games all year.”
LeBron James with a staggering average of 41 in the series before getting into this contest failed to lift his side at home during game 4. His 20 points is an under-score according to his standards. Besides he had 12 rebounds and 8 assists. James banged to a camera and picked up an injury in his forehead that required stitches. The Cavs failed to grab the opportunity to take an advantageous 3-1 lead in the series in front of the home crowd and land in Golden State with just one win away from the title. None of the 32 teams won the final series overturning a 3-1 deficit.
“Offensively we were terrible,” James said, pointing that the Cavs were 4 of 27 when it came to 3-pointers. “Sometimes your offense just doesn’t show up.”
So there was desperation in the Warriors camp during game 4, and they came out with flying colors altering the pace and complexion of the NBA Finals before the pivotal game 5 at Oracle Arena on Sunday.