Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 113-105 Game 4 win vs. Clippers



LOS ANGELES -- The Warriors have struggled with complacency all season long, sometimes letting inferior teams get the best of them on a national stage. 

That did not happen Sunday afternoon, when Golden State beat the LA Clippers 113-105 in Game 4 of their first-round NBA playoff series, taking a three-games-to-one series lead back to Oakland. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday night.

Any concern of early morning fatigue quickly vanished as the Warriors shot 50 percent in the first quarter, taking a quick 10-point lead. 

Here are the takeaways from the win at Staples Center.

Klay day (and everybody's celebratin')

Thompson got going early, making his first seven shots. He had 27 points by halftime, and finished with 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field. 

With LA keeping a close eye on Kevin Durant after his Game 3 performance and Stephen Curry struggling, there were many looks to be had for the veteran marksman. 

Thompson's Game 4 performance came with a bit of redemption. Entering Sunday, he had made just five 3-pointers in the series. As the postseason drags on, performances like what Thompson did Sunday will be increasingly imperative for the Warriors. 

Easy money

Following Thompson's lead, Durant churned in an impressive performance, finishing with 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists. 

Durant provided a stabilizing force in the third quarter as the Clippers took a brief lead, hitting a few jumpers to keep the Warriors afloat and take a three-point lead into the fourth. 

Much has been made of Durant's facilitating over the last few weeks, but he's been as aggressive as ever in the two games in Los Angeles, scoring more than 30 points in each outing. 

Curry getting too personal(s)

While Thompson and Durant cooked, Curry was cold, finishing with just 12 points on 3-of-14 shooting from the field. A big reason for Curry's shooting woes was his foul trouble, as he racked up four personals, two of which came in the first quarter. 

Fouling has been an impediment for Curry in this series. Through four games, he has committed 17 personals, and he nearly fouled out of Game 3. 

For the Warriors and Curry to be successful, he'll have to stay on the floor and out of foul trouble.

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