The first true Splash Brothers sighting of the NBA Finals came in the third quarter of Game 4.
Steph Curry made his first two three-pointers of the quarter, Klay Thompson and Curry combined for back-to-back-to-back three-pointers and Curry sank another three.
Down eight early in the third and up two headed into the fourth, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97 on Friday.
“We were pleased at halftime,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. We felt we could do a few things better, but we were competing like crazy.”
The question that had been asked often through the first three games of the Finals: when would Curry and Thompson have one of those shooting games the opponent couldn’t overcome?
The answer was Game 4 in the best contest of the series that had been defined by blowouts.
Curry made seven three-pointers and scored 38 points, and Thompson finished with 25 points and made 4-of-9 three-pointers. Golden State set a Finals single-game record with 17 three-pointers.
“Sooner or later, it’s going to happen,” Kerr said. “Guys like that, you can’t keep them down forever. … Mainly, the law of averages took over.”
The Warriors had a historic regular-season with an NBA-record 73 victories, and now – up 3-1 in the Finals – are one Finals victory from their second consecutive championship.
They can complete their masterpiece in Game 5 on Monday (9 p.m. ET, ABC).
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SOURCE: USA Today, Jeff Zillgitt