Splashdown: Curry bounces back, leads Warriors to Game 4 win

Posted June 12, 2016

Curry once again led the way for Golden State, dropping a game-high 38 points that included seven three-pointers, while Thompson chipped in with 25.

Not only did Golden State beat LeBron James and Kyrie Irving's Cavaliers on their home court Friday night, but they also did it in record-breaking fashion.

He can only hope he was wrong.

They trailed the Oklahoma City Thunder 3-1 in the Western Conference finals and won the final three games of the series. Just 10 teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win, and the Warriors know how hard that is. If Cleveland is going to pull off this miracle, it'll need to win there twice.

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This is James' seventh trip to the finals, and barring the most improbable of comebacks this will be his fifth time watching someone else hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy. They went almost seven minutes between baskets and the Warriors countered with Harrison Barnes' fourth 3-pointer of the game to stretch the lead to 93-84 - their largest of the night - with 5:56 left. "I was asked a question and I answered it. I'm going to save my 25K", he said. Head coach Steve Kerr has skated by all year by placing freakish trust in the depth of his bench. "He's a freight train out there".

So the drama around the Cavaliers certainly changed over 48 game minutes. That sounds like an insane hallmark for a 73-win outfit, but Golden State engineered many of its victories by putting on inspired bursts that overshadowed much longer periods of malaise.

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Oh, they'll come back after playing Game 5 Monday in Oakland. Love indeed came off the bench for the first time in more than six years, scoring 11 points and grabbing five rebounds in 25 minutes. "Obviously it's a big game and one we needed to bounce back individually (and) as a team to figure out how to get a win on the road and put ourselves in a pretty good position".

"It's a pivotal game and you've got to respect that they don't want to go down 3-1 and we didn't want to come back to Cleveland", Thompson said. "But we've got to play through officiating".

Cleveland was threatening to take control early in the third of Game 4, leading by eight. Less than 30 seconds later, the lead was down to two.

"He's the MVP for a reason", Kerr said.

And yes, the Splash Brothers ascended to the mean, combining to make 11 3-pointers and score 63 points, with 38 of the points belonging to Curry.

The Warriors suddenly had life.

Steph Curry and the Warriors found themselves trailing the Cavaliers at the end of the first half by 5 points, 50-55.

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"I thought we competed", Lue said.

All James could do then was glumly slap hands with a few of his teammates, his face hardly showing any emotion. It was that way in the regular season, and it's that way in the NBA Finals.

Meanwhile, the Warriors defense caused a system crash for the Clevelandoffense-LeBron threw up a series of aimless shots, committed 7 turnovers, and Kyrie Irving had nowhere to go.

"At any moment, the guy can just turn into an uncontainable player", Warriors guard Andre Iguodala said. "You've got to have the appropriate fear".

A team that calls the Cavs' arena home might win a championship this weekend, though it won't exactly become worldwide news if the Lake Erie Monsters - the Columbus Blue Jackets' affiliate in the American Hockey League - finish off a sweep of the Hershey Bears and hoist the Calder Cup on Saturday night.

It'll be nice, but it's not the title Cleveland craves.

"He could've gotten exhausted", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said, of his standout forward.

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