Warriors beat Cavaliers 103-82 in Game 4 NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors reclaimed the home court advantage in the NBA Finals after crushing the Cleveland Cavaliers, 103-82, on their own floor in Game Four on Thursday (Friday morning in Manila) to tie the series at 2-apiece. NBA MVP Steph Curry posted 22 points and six assists to lead Golden State, which won a league-best 67 games in the regular season. Andre Iguodala also had 22 while also playing some terrific defense on Cavs superstar LeBron James. Draymond Green added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Harrison Barnes chipped in with 14. The Warriors went small in the fourth quarter and it paid off as they outscored the Cavs, 24-9, to open the period. That run turned a six-point game into a lopsided rout that saw the visiting team lead by as many as 23 points, 102-79, with 1:17 remaining in the game.

Timofey Mozgov scored a career-high 28 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds for the Cavs. James, who scored the most ever points through the first three games of the NBA Finals, was unable to keep up his torrid pace, finishing with 20 points on 7-for-22 shooting. He also had 12 rebounds and eight assists. The Warriors went on a 14-2 run late in the first quarter as they grabbed a 31-22 advantage with about half a minute remaining in the period before Clevelands’ Tristan Thompson hit a basket to cut it down to seven at the end of one. Iguodala led Golden State with nine first quarter points, including a huge slam in transition and a three-pointer. Curry hit two three-pointers in the quarter. The Western Conference champs pushed their lead well into double figures, leading by as much as 15, in the second and entered the half ahead by 12, 54-42. Green had 13 points at the half for the Warriors, who shot 46.5% compared to just 37.0% for the Cavs. Cleveland had three players – James, Thompson and Mozgov – in double figures at the half but the rest of the team combined to score only nine points. The Cavs battled back in the third behind Mozgov and James, who combined to score 18 of the team’s 28 points in the period. They closed in to within six points, 76-70, heading into the fourth quarter. But the Warriors had complete control of the fourth quarter, opening it on a 12-4 run as they used their speed and three-point shooting to push their lead back up to 14.
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