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NBA Playoffs: Warriors Trounce Clippers To Even Series 2-2

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In a game that the Clippers may not have been completely emotionally invested in, the Warriors capitalized.

Prior to the game the Clippers made a silent protest in response to racist remarks made by their owner Donald Sterling. The team gathered at midcourt to take off their warm-up jerseys which revealed that they were wearing their red shooting shirts turned inside out, hiding the “Clippers” name.

Amongst all the controversy, there was still a game to play.

Game 4 was a must-win game for Golden State, and they certainly played like it in the 118-97 victory. After back-to-back games of struggling to knock down threes, Stephen Curry and the Warriors were red hot right from the start. Curry made his first five three pointers of the game en route to 17 first quarter points, leading the Warriors to a 39-24 lead after the first 12 minutes.

From that point on, the closest the Clippers got was a 9 point deficit in the fourth quarter.

As a team the Warriors made 15 of their 32 three pointers and shot 55.4 percent from the field. Curry led the way with 33 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds. Andre Iguodala took over some point guard duties for Golden State to allow Stephen Curry to get some better looks by running off more off-ball screens. In doing so, Iguodala contributed 22 points and 9 assists while hitting 6 of his 8 shots from the field.

It was a performance to forget for the Clippers, as the team didn’t have nearly the type of effort they did in game 3.

DeAndre Jordan, who was a nightmare for Golden State on the glass on Thursday, was virtually nonexistent as he went scoreless and only snagged 6 rebounds. Blake Griffin had 21 points and 6 rebounds while Jamal Crawford tallied 26 points off the bench. Chris Paul looked lethargic to start the game and ended with 16 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, taking only 9 shots.

The series is now essentially a best-of-three as it shifts back to Los Angeles for a pivotal game 5. When a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2, the winner of game 5 has gone on to win the series 83 percent of the time.

It will be vital for the Clippers to put the distraction of the Donald Sterling scandal behind them, while the Warriors will need to continue knocking down threes like they did on Sunday.

The crucial game 5 will be Tuesday, 10:30 PM Eastern Time on TNT.

 

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