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The Iguodala impact: Lineup change, Curry return Warriors to form in Game 4

Game 4 of the NBA Finals was about the Golden State Warriors returning to form, and individual results returning to the norm.

After the stunning wins by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 and Game 3, the Warriors got back to doing what they do best in a 103-82 win.

The series is now tied 2-2, with the teams headed back to play at Golden State on Sunday.

The Warriors remain the only team in the NBA without a three-game losing streak this season. They are 6-0 after losing consecutive games this season, including the playoffs.

The Cavaliers lost for the first time in a postseason game in which they didn’t have Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love. The Cavaliers also had their five-game home winning streak snapped. They are 7-2 at home this postseason, 27-3 in their last 30 home games.

Steph being Steph

Curry's 17-point fourth quarter of Game 3 foreshadowed his big game in Game 4. He finished with 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range.

Curry started the Finals by missing 20 of his first 26 3-point attempts.

He’s now made 9-of-15 dating back to the start of the fourth quarter of Game 3.

The Warriors are 19-of-44 from 3-point range in that same span.

They were 23-of-82 in the series prior to that.

The supporting cast

The Warriors adjusted their starting lineup, starting veteran Andre Iguodala (in place of Andrew Bogut) for the first time this season. They played a lineup that featured one power forward or center for 91 percent of their plays in Game 4, compared to 41 percent in Game 3.

Iguodala excelled on the offensive and defensive ends. He scored 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range.

The 22 points were the most Iguodala has scored since Game 4 of the 2014 Western Conference First Round, when he had 22 in a win over the Clippers.

Iguodala entered the playoffs averaging 8.7 points per game.

Iguodala also did a number on LeBron James on the defensive end.

James was 4-14 from the field on possessions in which he was guarded by Iguodala.

The Warriors are plus-32 when Iguodala on the court in the series, and minus-10 when he's on the bench.

The Warriors also got a huge game from Draymond Green.

Green was 4-of-17 from the field and totaled 17 points in Game 2 and 3 combined. He was 6-of-11 from the field for 17 points in Game 4.

James, Mozgov and Thompson had little help

James finished with 20 points, but had to deal with a cut on his head that he suffered when he crashed into a camera late in the second quarter. James was 3-of-8 from the field before the crash and 4-of-14 after it.

Timofey Mozgov finished with a career-high 28 points and Tristan Thompson added 12.

But the rest of the Cavaliers had a very rough night. J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Matthew Dellavedova and James Jones were a combined 6-of-38 from the field. Smith was 2-of-12 and 0-for-8 from 3-point range.

Looking ahead

The Game 5 winner of a tied NBA Finals series goes on to win the series 71 percent of the time. The home team is 19-9 in Game 5 when the series is tied, 2-2.