So far this series, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers appear fit to be tied. Each team has won two close games, and each teams has won two blowouts.
Sunday afternoon, it was the Warriors’ turn to win in a blowout, defeating the Clippers 118-97 at Oracle Arena in Game 4 to even up the series at two games apiece.
Stephen Curry, for the first time all series, looked like the superstar that he was during the regular season. He had 33 points and was 7-of-14 on threes. It was Curry who led the Warriors off to a booming start, as they led 39-24 after one. Curry made five threes and had 17 points in the first quarter alone, and he and the Warriors were off and running.
The Warriors, in fact, never saw their lead fall below double digits from the second quarter on. They shot a blistering 55.4 from the field, and 46.9 percent from beyond-the-arc. Besides Curry’s 33, Andre Iguodala recorded 22 points, and had his best game as a Warrior. Draymond Green, who started instead of Jermaine O’Neal had only four points but made many impact plays that did not show up on the stat sheet.
Meanwhile, the Clippers simply looked disoriented. Their leading scorer was Jamal Crawford with 26 off the bench, but with the exception of him and Blake Griffin, who had 21, they were a step slower than the Warriors. Obviously, the Donald Sterling news had to have an effect on them, whether they admit it or not.
It will be interesting to see how the rest of the series plays out. The Clippers have had a very long couple days, and now must head back to L.A. with the series tied at 2-2, and the fate of their owner uncertain.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 55.4% (41-74)
- Three-point percentage: 46.9% (15-32)
- Rebounds: 34
- Assists: 32
- Turnovers: 15
- Bench points: 29
- Field-goal percentage: 42.9% (33-77)
- Three-point percentage: 32.3% (10-31)
- Rebounds: 32
- Assists: 20
- Turnovers: 19
- Bench points: 38
Good to Know
Warriors win, 118-97. The 21-point win is their largest playoff victory since beating Dallas by 25 on May 3, 2007. Series tied, 2-2
— GSWStats (@gswstats) April 27, 2014
What’s On Tap
Game 5 will be on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.