The Golden State Warriors did what great teams do down 2-1 by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-82 to even the series 2-2. Stephen Curry scored 22 points with six assists.
It was a desperate win for the Warriors that didn’t think they would be down 2-1 against the Cavaliers. The performance they build upon the 4th quarter in game three rubbed off in game four. They had to play at a different pace and speed up the offense. Head Coach Steve Kerr made an adjustment to the starting lineup. He inserted Andre Iguodola and benched Andrew Bogut. It not only the spark the offense, but made the defense better against Lebron James. They compete on the boards and control the tempo throughout the game.
“We controlled the tempo and the rhythm of the game,” said Kerr according to USA Today. “But that I think had more to do with us competing and getting to long rebounds and loose balls. I thought the first three games they were the more competitive team.”
Iguodola played his best game of this series. With him being in the starting lineup, Andre scored 22 points with 8 rebounds. He’s been the most consistent player for Golden State in the finals. Not only did he play well, but the other starters that stepped up.
Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes both played well and combined for 31 points, seven assists and 15 rebounds. Them alone made is easier for the offense to flow better despite Curry having a good game and Klay Thompson not performing well.
The Warriors have two days of rest for game 5 and it could help out the Cavaliers, who are playing a seven man rotation. The Cavaliers need to have offense from their guards and can’t just rely on Lebron if they want to win on the road.
“When you go 4‑for‑27 from the three‑point line, there’s not much success offensively,” James said.