On Monday night, the Golden State Warriors ousted the Memphis Grizzlies 101-84 and evened the Western Conference semifinals at two games apiece. Their victory was mainly due to their MVP player Stephen Curry, who played at his best, and a flawless defense, which worked miracles on court.
Curry had already 21 points by the end of the second quarter and finished Game 4 with a total 33. Coach Kerr was happy to see his team play once more at the same level which allowed the Warriors wreak havoc among other teams during the regular season.
And the Grizzlies were a redoubtable opponent since it had previously managed to beat Golden State. But it remains to be seen whether they would manage to draw enough energy to beat the Warriors on their home court on Game 5 this Wednesday night.
After last night’s game, coach Kerr deemed the game the team’s “most competitive effort,” at least of the series. He also said that the game taught Golden State players that they needed to play every single second if they wanted positive results at that crucial point in the series.
Game 4, however, was indeed one of the Warriors’ remarkable achievements since they were able to avoid losing three games in a row and they took home court advantage. Additionally, Curry, who couldn’t score more than 23 points in a game in postseason, already had 21 by halftime.
Warriors forward Draymond Green fetched 16 points and 10 rebounds and shooting guard Klay Thompson finished with 15 points. Next in line were small forward Harrison Barnes and forward Andre Iguodala with 12, respectively 11 points.
“We set the tone the first quarter and kept the foot on the gas pedal the whole way, and that’s how we play,”
said the team’s MVP star.
The most notable players of the night from Memphis were center Marc Gasol with his 19 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Zach Randolph with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Nevertheless, the Warriors admitted that they were really close to losing the series if they didn’t played like they were supposed to. Center Andrew Bogut said that a 3-1 deficit while heading home was a pretty daunting task, but evening 2-2 a three-game series boosted the team’s morals.
On Monday, Memphis lost its forth consecutive Game 4 in a postseason series. Last year, the defeat was even bitterer because they lost on their home court. Somehow, they seem to have loosened up their defense and have slim chances to regain momentum any time soon.
The Grizzlies explained that they have failed to maintain their composure in the first quarter, although they had a good chance of winning early in the first half. One of the players said that defense was affected because offense “really struggled.”
In the first half, Memphis had a brief 9-8 lead, but failed to lead within double digits later on. On the other hand, Golden State were on the loose. When they regained their focus and offensive rhythm, they managed to lead by 26 points and knock down 14 three pointers to offset 21 turnovers.
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