After a blowout loss in Game 3, the Golden State Warriors managed to get revenge and beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 118-92, in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday night at the Smoothie King Center. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 38 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, while Stephen Curry added 23 points.
Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday believes Kevin Durant was the difference-maker in the game, as he's almost unstoppable on the offensive ends of the floor. In 36 minutes on the court, the 29-year-old small forward shot 55.6 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. For Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr, it is their defense that helped them get their third win of the series, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN. The Warriors' defense forced the Pelicans to make tough shots and commit multiple turnovers.
Kerr believes his decision to insert Andre Iguodala into the starting lineup paid off for Golden State. The Warriors ended the first quarter with a 15-point lead. The Pelicans managed to fight back in the second quarter, but their effort was not enough to grab the lead or even tie the game at the end of the first half. In the following quarters, the Warriors once again exploded on the offensive ends of the floor, while the Pelicans struggled to regain their rhythm.