Golden State Warriors 118, Los Angeles Clippers 97—Series tied, 2-2.
Though the Clippers took the court in symbolic fashion for Game 4, they were unable to respond to owner Donald Sterling's latest self-foisted incident with an inspiring victory.
Stephen Curry came out guns blazing. He hit five three-pointers and scored 17 first-quarter points. Despite the Clippers shooting better than 55 percent from the floor, the Warriors headed into the second up 39-24.
Offense was hard to come by for the Clippers heading into halftime. They shot 6-of-20 from the floor while the Warriors stayed hot and took an 18-point advantage into the locker room.
Even after shooting almost 53 percent in the third quarter, the Clippers were unable to cut into Golden State's lead. They showed a little fight early in the fourth quarter, but the lead was too big, their offense too disjointed and their defense too shaky.
Foul trouble kept Chris Paul from having a significant impact, while DeAndre Jordan was a non-factor. The Clippers' performance was uneven from the tip, and they never found a way to get in sync.
Toss in the Warriors' hot shooting from deep (15-of-32), and it was all too much.
Blake Griffin, Clippers: 21 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL
- Chris Paul, Clippers: 16 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL
- Stephen Curry, Warriors: 33 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST, 1 STL
Andre Iguodala, Warriors: 22 PTS, 9 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK
David Lee, Warriors: 15 PTS, 6 REBS, 2 AST, 2 STL
The series will shift back to Los Angeles for Game 5 on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised nationally on TNT.
Sterling-related drama will continue to plague the Clippers until then. It will be up to head coach Doc Rivers to keep his players in check and their minds right.
"Sterling has helped cause a lot of Clippers losses over time, but this is a novel approach," CSN's Ray Ratto observed after the game. "Warriors were never threatened."
If the Clippers are still struggling to remain on the same page and settling for three-pointers instead of running their offense, this series could quickly fall out of reach.
"We didn't handle the competition right tonight," Rivers said, per ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi. "If it's because of the other thing, it's still my fault."
The Warriors, meanwhile, must continue finding ways to free up Curry. His showing from beyond the arc in Game 4 (7-of-14), is the main reason why they were able to run away with this win. When he's scoring in rhythm and isn't being chased off the three-point line, the Warriors, as they showed on Sunday, are a difficult team to beat.