Warriors top Cavaliers, take command of NBA Finals

Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:57am EDT
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By Frank Pingue

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The top-seeded Golden State Warriors rediscovered their scoring touch and tied the NBA Finals at 2-2 with a momentum-stealing 103-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday in Game Four.

NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, and Andre Iguodala each had 22 points for Golden State as the Warriors breathed new life into their title hopes by avoiding their first three-game skid of the season.

"We controlled the tempo and rhythm of the game," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "It's not just about playing hard. It's about playing every single possession like it's your last.

"And I thought tonight our effort took a step up and that's why we were able to win."

Cleveland's Timofey Mozgov had a game-high 28 points while LeBron James, who went down hard in the second quarter after slamming his head on a camera, finished with 20 points on 7-of-22 shooting.

Game Five is scheduled for Sunday in Oakland.

Like the last two games, the Warriors stumbled out of the gate, falling behind 7-0 in the first three minutes before taking an early timeout to regroup. From there, the Warriors found their rhythm.

Curry helped cut the deficit with a pair of three pointers and Golden State closed the quarter with an impressive 14-4 run to build a 31-24 lead that set the tone the rest of the way.   Continued...

Jun 11, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the fourth quarter of game four of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports