The Golden State Warriors are one win away from another NBA Championship after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97. It was a masterful shooting display by the defending champions. The hits just kept on coming for the Warriors in game four.
Golden State hit 17 threes en route to their victory. This shelling is an NBA Finals record for makes in a single game. Once the Warriors got going, no team on earth was going to be able to stay with them.
Reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry hit a particularly tough baseline three in the first quarter that seemed to open the floodgates for the Warriors.
Steve Kerr was right on the baseline when Curry drilled the deep jumper. The coach told the media what he saw: “So when he made that shot, that was a good indication he was feeling better about himself and about the way the game was going.”
“But, again, he's Steph Curry. He's the MVP for a reason. He doesn't have the size and the strength to dominate a game physically, so he has to dominate with his skill, and that's not an easy thing to do because your shot sometimes isn't going to go in.”
The contrast in styles between LeBron James and Stephen Curry has been a jarring one. Force and will versus precision and finesse on the other side. This was the first game of the Finals that really let the audience see exactly what Curry’s game can do.
After a lackluster, by his standards, games one through three, Curry was back to swishing long jumpers to the tune of 38 points. The best pure shooter in the game had six assists and five rebounds along with the gaudy point total.
Curry wasn’t interested in looking completely past Cleveland as the Warriors travel home with hopes to clinch the series in 5.
The MVP talked about the upcoming game: “We always talk about just because we're going home doesn't mean you can relax or take things for granted. You work all regular season to have home-court advantage, and this is a great opportunity for us, and we need to play with a sense of urgency and a sense of aggression like we did tonight.”
The Warriors got punched in the mouth during game three. In game four, they responded with a haymaker of their own. The only difference between these two blows is that Golden States’ now has Cleveland on the ropes.