Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 13th 2015 Contents A49
Saturday, June 13, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
CLEVELAND---Golden State held LeBron
James scoreless in the fourth quarter and
pulled away for a 103-82 win at Cleveland on
Thursday to tie the NBA Finals at 2-2.
Andre Iguodala scored 22 points in a surprise
start, league MVP Stephen Curry also had 22,
and Draymond Green returned to form with 17
points, seven rebounds and six assists as the
Warriors avoided going down to a perilous 3-
1 series deficit.
Warriors rebound, rout
Cavs 103-82, series level 2-2
"Tonight we came in with the mentality that we
had to win this game," said Curry. James scored 20
points---21 under his average in the series---with 12
rebounds and eight assists, and to make matters
worse for Cleveland s megastar, he needed stitches
to his head after falling onto a TV camera in the first
Game 5 is Sunday at Oakland s rambunctious
Oracle Arena, where the teams split two overtime
games last week. This wasn t quite make-or-break
for the Warriors, but it was close, as none of the 32
teams which have fallen behind 3-1 in the finals has
won a title.
"We played desperate out there, man," Klay
Thompson said. "We played real hungry. It was just
awesome to come out here and impose our will on
both sides of the ball and play our brand of basketball.
That s what s been winning us games all year." Timofey
Mozgov led Cleveland with 28 points and guard
Matthew Dellavedova, again battling leg cramps after
a hospital stay for dehydration, had 10.
The Cavs shot just 2 of 18 from the field and were
outscored 27-12 in the fourth quarter. They also got
nothing from their bench as J.R. Smith missed all
eight 3-point attempts and Cleveland s reserves com-
bined to score seven points. "Offensively we were
terrible," James said, noting the Cavs were 4 of 27
on 3-pointers. "Sometimes your offense just doesn t
show up." Missing All-Stars Kevin Love and Kyrie
Irving, the Cavs didn t have enough firepower and
their legs were heavy after playing three games in
five days against the relentless Warriors.
"We re in a three-game series for the NBA Finals,"
coach David Blatt said. "Six months ago I would
have bought that. We ve got to go back to the drawing
board, go back to work, play the best basketball we
can and try to win this thing." Golden State showed
a sense of urgency from the outset.
Iguodala, who played so well coming off the bench
in the first three games, made his first start this
season and made coach Steve Kerr s decision look
brilliant. Known for his defense, Iguodala drained
four 3-pointers, kept James in check and Curry, who
finally found his range in the fourth quarter of Game
3, also dropped four 3s, including a deep dagger in
the fourth over Shumpert to end any thought the
Cavaliers had of a comeback. Iguodala made things
tough on James, who went 7 of 22 from the field and
5 of 10 from the free-throw line.
"Make him work as hard as possible," Iguodala
said of his plan on James. "Make him take tough
shots. You look at his strengths, you look at his weak-
nesses, and you try to take him out of his comfort
zone. Easier said than done, but we all have a lot of
talent and when we go out there we want to make
our stamp on the game."Since losing Game 3, the
Warriors vowed to use the experience they gained
when rallying from a 2-1 deficit against Memphis in
the Western Conference semifinals.
"It s just a street fight," Green said. "Nobody s
doing anything dirty, but they re battling and we re
battling and that s why this series is so exciting."
Looking for a spark, Kerr decided to go "small"
with his starting lineup, putting Iguodala at forward,
moving Green to center and bench struggling big
man Andrew Bogut. Kerr initially said he wouldn t
make any changes, but went with a lineup that
worked well late in Game 3, when the Warriors scored
36 points and trimmed a 20-point deficit to one.
Shortly before tip-off, Kerr told reporters he was
sticking with his usual first five. "I lied," he said. "I
don t think they hand you the trophy based on moral-
ity. They give it to you if you win. Sorry about that."
Kerr got the result he wanted, but only after the
Warriors withstood an early flurry from the Cavs,
who scored the game s first seven points. "You ve
got to take a chance with the situation we were in
tonight," Curry said. (AP)
A wound is
seen on the
second half of
Game 4 of
injured in the
Links Archive June 12th 2015 June 14th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page