In this image made with a fisheye lens, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots in front of Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 96-91. (Larry W. Smith/Pool Photo via AP)
MVP guard Stephen Curry and veteran forward Andre Iguodala each scored 22 points as the Golden State Warriors cruised to a 103-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Four of the NBA Finals on June 11 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
The Warriors tied the best-of-seven series, 2-2.
Golden State finally resembled the team that dominated opponents all season long with explosive offensive play. After struggling to score throughout the first three games of the Finals, the Warriors shook their offensive woes in Game Four to rout the Cavs.
The Warriors got things going offensively after head coach Steve Kerr made adjustments to the lineup. Instead of his usual starting lineup that featured seven-foot center Andrew Bogut, Kerr started a smaller, more athletic Draymond Green at center with usual small forward Harrison Barnes at power forward and backup forward Andre Iguodala at small forward. The smaller lineup broke down Cleveland’s stout defense as Golden State scored more than 100 points in regulation for the first time in the series.
Curry made some big shots for the Warriors, including four of seven from the three-point line, and also created shots for his teammates with six assists. But it was Iguodala who shined brightest for the Warriors. Not only did he match Curry with a team-high 22 points, but he also added eight rebounds and was the primary defender on LeBron James, holding the Cavaliers superstar forward to just 20 points on seven of 22 shot attempts from the field. It was the first time LeBron failed to score at least 40 points in the series; he averaged 41 points in the first three games of the Finals.
Center Timofey Mozgov led the Cavs with a game-high 28 points, along with 10 rebounds. Cavs forward Tristan Thompson added a double double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Green followed Curry and Iguodala with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Barnes finished with 14 points, including two key three-pointers, and backup forward David Lee also had a big impact for the Warriors, scoring nine points with five rebounds off the bench.
Next: Game Five is set for Sunday, June 14 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.