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Warriors Cruise Past Pelicans in Game 4

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was trying to send a message when he decided to start Andre Iguodala in Game 4. He didn't want his team go in a big hole early like they did in Game 3. The Warriors got off to a much better start in the game and they never trailed as they beat the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 4, 118-92. Golden State leads series 3-1.

The Warriors led by as many as 26 points in the second half. Kevin Durant was a big reason why Golden State bounced back in Game 4. He scored 38 points on 15-for-27 from the field. Durant also grabbed nine rebounds and recorded five assists. He also contributed on the defensive end with a block and a steal.

Steph Curry scored 23 points and he was four-of-nine from downtown. Curry wasn't much of a factor other than scoring the basketball. He only grabbed one rebound and recorded two assists. Klay Thompson scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Warriors. Draymond Green scored eight points, grabbed nine rebounds, and recorded nine assists. Green also was also an influence on the defensive end with two blocks and four steals. He picked up his first technical foul of the postseason in the second quarter.

The Warriors bench scored 30 points and Quinn Cook scored 12 of them. He also grabbed four rebounds and recorded a steal. Kevin Looney scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds off the bench for Golden State.

Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 26 points, but his performance wasn't exactly sharp. He went 8-for-22 from the field. Davis did grab 12 rebounds and in the stat book, he recorded another double-double. Davis has recorded a double-double in all eight playoff games. Jrue Holiday scored 19 points for New Orleanson 8-of-16 from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds and recorded three assists. Holiday also blocked a shot and had a steal.

E'Twaun Moore scored 20 points for the Pelicans. Rajon Rondo scored six points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and recorded six assists. New Orleans only scored 14 bench points and Ian Clark scored 11 of them. He only shot 28.6 percent from the field.

New Orleans once cut the deficit to four points in the second-quarter, but that was as close as they got. Golden State led by seven points at halftime and the Warriors outscored the Pelicans 33-19 in the third-quarter to break the game open. Game 5 will be on Tuesday Night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, and the Warriors will look to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the fourth consecutive season.

This article was originally published on @gk18