Warriors add to Clippers' turmoil, even series
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - An already turbulent weekend for the Los Angeles Clippers grew worse Sunday, when the Golden State Warriors evened their tight Western Conference playoff matchup with a torrid shooting display.
Stephen Curry jumped out to a fast start in Game 4 of this first-round series and the Warriors shot 55 percent from the field in rolling to a 118-97 win.
Curry finished with 33 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, while Andre Iguodala netted 22 points for the Warriors, who had dropped back-to-back games after stealing the opener in LA.
The series shifts back to Hollywood for Game 5 on Tuesday, and there is no word on whether Donald Sterling will be in attendance.
Sterling did not show up for Sunday's showdown amidst a controversial audio tape that surfaced with the Clippers' owner allegedly making racist remarks.
The team staged a silent boycott prior to tip-off by wearing their pregame shirts inside-out with the Clippers' logo not showing. The players also wore black arm or wrist bands and black socks in unison of the cause, but they appeared stuck in warmup mode when the game got underway.
Curry raced out with 17 points in the first 8:30, hitting all five of his 3- point attempts as the Warriors blew open a 20-point lead in the first quarter.
The Clippers pulled within nine in the fourth but did not climb out of the mammoth hole. Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin led the club with 26 and 21 points, respectively.
Golden State picked an ideal time to post its highest scoring first quarter of the season. In addition to making seven 3-pointers, the squad got 10 points off dunks and led 39-19 before Crawford netted the final six points.
Klay Thompson quietly had eight points during the one-sided start and began the second quarter with a highlight-reel two-hand slam over the Clippers' Glen Davis.
The Clippers trailed 66-48 at halftime and were within 11 down the stretch of the third quarters, but pull-up jumpers by Harrison Barnes and Curry followed by a Curry 3-pointer pushed the Warriors' cushion to 89-71 heading to the fourth.
A Hedo Turkoglu 3-pointer four minutes into the final stanza cut the margin to 96-87, and after Barnes and Curry answered with consecutive buckets, Chris Paul made three free throws to make it a 10-point game.
Curry responded with his seventh and final deep make, however, to spark a game-sealing 9-0 run.
The Warriors, after making 10 combined 3-pointers in Games 2 and 3, shot 15- of-32 from behind the arc ... Golden State also won the battle in the paint, 40-28, and had 27 fastbreak points to LA's eight ... Paul logged 16 points and six assists and committed four of the Clippers' 19 turnovers ... Barnes, Thompson and David Lee all scored 15 points in the win.
04/27 18:47:49 ET