A “close fight” match, that’s how we describe Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Unlike the previous three games which was decided with a blowout lead, this time around the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors don’t want to get left behind. Whenever the Cavs starts to make a run, the Warriors will also make their own.
However, the big difference why the Warriors won the game is that they have Stephen Curry who stepped up in Game 4 in front of the Cavaliers fans. The reigning MVP scored a total of 38 points who also shoots over 50% (7-of-13) behind the arc. Klay Thompson who also got a stellar performance with his 25 points. The Splash Brothers at last found their rhythm in the NBA Finals where they have a combined 11 three-point bombs and a team total of 17 which is a NBA Finals record.
“We answered the bell,” said Curry, who displayed the skills that have made him one of the world’s best players. “We got back to who we are as a team.”
“They got going,” Kerr said. “Sooner or later it’s going to happen. You can’t keep guys like that down forever. The law of averages took over.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers now found themselves trapped in a deep hole and needs to climb back up. No team in the NBA made a comeback after down 1-3 in the NBA Finals.
Despite the tight defense thrown by the Warriors to LeBron James, the King was still able to deliver almost another triple-double performance with his 25 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists while Kyrie Irving got a team-leading output with 38 points.
The Cavaliers only scored 7 points midway in the fourth quarter and couldn’t find a player who can deliver a bucket to cut down the deficit. The Warriors took advantage of the Cavs‘ unfortunate situation as they slowed down the pace of the game.
Stephen Curry throws the dagger with one of his three-pointer against Channing Frye and in another situation, he was able to score in a driving layup from Andre Iguodala‘s pass that ends up in an and-one opportunity.
Game 5 will be played in Oracle Arena on June 13 (June 14 morning in Philippines). The Warriors is just a win away for another ring.
Warriors (108): Curry 38, Thompson 25, Barnes 14, Iguodala 10, Green 9, Livingston 8, McAdoo 2, Varejao 2
Cavaliers (97): Irving 34, James 25, Love 11, Thompson 10, Smith 10, Jefferson 3, Shumpert 2, Dellavedova 2