The Warriors trailed by 13 points entering the fourth quarter, with a loss against the Cavaliers in Cleveland looking like a near certainty. Instead, the Warriors dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring Cleveland 36-8 to turn the game around and cruise to victory over the Cavaliers.
Steph Curry spoke with NBC Sports Bay Area after the win, and credited the Warriors’ defense for leading the remarkable turnaround.
“The only reason we opened the game is that we made a 13-0 run and they struggled to win and for 36 minutes, we really struggled to get stops and then force them into tough aspects and we played against a set defense. “all night, and they had a lot of energy, they played well, so a fourth quarter, we just let it go, intensity and focus on the defensive end, that unit was incredible. That was really good, a sense of a good win,” Curry told Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike an aftermath.
An 81-68 deficit for the Warriors was turned into a 104-89 victory, as the Golden State defense forced eight turnovers in the final frame and held Cleveland to a 14.3 percent shooting in the final 12 minutes.
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Curry had another remarkable night overall, scoring 40 points on a 15-of-27 shooting (9-of-16 from a 3-point range) and issuing six assists.
The Warriors shot 15-of-25 in the fourth quarter, and improved to an NBA-best 13-2 on the season.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Warriors as they face the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on Friday at 4 pm PT.