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Golden State Warriors even up series with LA Clippers

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Golden State gave a performance to make Warriors fans proud as they tied their NBA playoff series with the LA Clippers at 2-2.

Game 4 saw the hosts cruise to a 118-97 win at the Oracle Arena.

After the game Stephen Curry spoke to ESPN and stated that they want to have fun in these play-offs, and play some nice basketball:

"We wanted to come out and focus on all the work we've put in over the summer.

"Throughout the course of the season we got ready for this moment in the playoffs and just have fun and enjoy it and not let one person ruin it for everybody," Curry explained.

The 26-year-old scored 33 points and made the Clippers pay from the tip-off.

Doc Rivers meanwhile spoke to ESPN after the game, confirming his team were poor whilst admitting that the Warriors deserved the victory:

"I just thought they were the tougher team and it wasn't even close. Should have been a first-round knockout." 

Before the game, the Clippers' players wore their warm-up shirts inside out so as to hide the LA Clippers name - a move in relation to the alleged racist comments made by owner Donald Sterling.

The first quarter really gave the home fans something to shout about as the Warriors showed a strong desire to dominate, going up 39-24.

Curry scored 17 points as well as grabbing two assists, while Klay Thompson added eight. The Warriors were moving the ball quick, and considering the Clippers were double teaming the hosts it didn't stop Mark Jackson's side scoring.

This included a nice move between Curry, Draymond, Green and Harrison Barnes for Thompson to score a special dunk.

Meanwhile the Clippers scruggled. Blake Griffin managed eight in the first while DeAndre Jordan and JJ Redick couldn't score a single point.

In the second the Clippers responded but still couldn't take the quarter, losing 24-27; Jamal Crawford scored 11 points in 11 minutes but seven points from David Lee, and five from Thompson made the difference.

Going in at half-time the Clippers needed to pick their game up, while the Warriors were gleaming, winning 66-48. Curry hitting 21 points while assisting six.

Doc Rivers' side just couldn't get into the game, nor close the gap, as the third ended in a tie at 23-23 - Griffin managed nine playing the full third, while forward Andre Iguodala scored ten in 12 minutes for the hosts.

With the crowd buzzing, knowing they had an 18 point lead going into the last quarter, the players needed to stay concentrated, and Jackson's men completed the job in style - winning the fourth 29-26 to seal a 118-97 win.

Crawford hit ten for the visitors, but 11 points from Barnes, and additional points from Curry and Igoudala secured a priceless win going into game 5.

The Clippers will feel they have something to prove going into their next game against the Warriors, as they host Golden State on Tuesday night at the Staples Centre.

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