Looking at the betting trends, the Jazz are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 road games against a team with a winning home record, 1-5 ATS in their last six Conference Semifinals games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. Donovan Mitchell needed to bounce back after scoring just 10 points in Game 3 and he did that with 25 points before fouling out, Joe Ingles added 15 points while Rudy Gobert chipped in with 11 points, but no other players finished in double figures. They moved the ball well, they played with urgency, and Kerr benching JaVale McGee to start the game in favor of the Death Lineup of Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Durant and Draymond Green was a master stroke.
"If he feels the need to do something like that about basketball then I feel bad for him", Green said. Curry said, "Just keep the game simple at that point because he's such a great scorer, you don't really have to overthink things". "I understood what he was trying to do and the system we were trying to run".
"You're not going to beat them if you can't score 115 points", says Gentry. It also gave the Warriors a chance to close this series out with Game 5 on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.
For all but a few minutes late in the second quarter when the Pelicans were able to draw within single digits, the Warriors were in control.
Anthony Davis had 26 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, but the Pelicans hit only 36 percent (32 of 88) of their shots, missing 22 of 26 3-point attempts.
Houston contested every single shot on the night and forced a lot of missed lay-ups from the Jazz as well. He had the Warriors' first two points on unstoppable mid-range pull-up jumpers, and he established his rhythm early.
Durant added nine rebounds while Draymond Green had eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Warriors. In theory, if you're making your own shots, you can at least challenge the Warriors no matter how many 2s they're making.
Kerr went with a different starting lineup for a third consecutive game. "I don't care how good your defense is".