MVP Stephen Curry notched up 21 points at halftime on Monday in Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies at Memphis. He returned with 33, guiding the Golden State Warriors to rout Memphis 101-84 to tie the Western Conference Semifinal Series 2-2. The Warriors conceded two games in a row this series prior to game 4.
”Tonight we took a step towards understanding that sense of urgency and kind of competitiveness and physicality to the game,” head-coach of the Warriors, Steve Kerr, said after the game. ”It was probably our most competitive effort, definitely of the series, but probably of the playoffs just in terms of understanding you got to play every second.”
The Warriors haven’t lost three games on a row this season. Neither did Curry score more than 23 points in a game in this edition of NBA. But on Monday, he nearly notched that up at half time.
”We set the tone the first quarter and kept the foot on the gas pedal the whole way, and that’s how we play,” said the Most Valuable Player of NBA 2014-15.
Draymond Green added 16 points and 10 rebounds to the winner’s tally while Klay Thompson chipped in with 15 points. Harrison Barnes scored 12 points.
For Grizzlies, Mike Conley scored only 10 points and 7 assists and had a poor 4 of 15 show from the field. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 19 points and 10 rebounds but couldn’t prevent his side’s 4th straight game 4 defeat.
Golden State now returns home for crucial game 5 of the best of seven series scheduled on Wednesday night.