Programming note: Coverage of Game 5 between the Warriors and Clippers begins Tuesday at 7 p.m. on CSN Bay Area (Channel locations)
OAKLAND – In a game thick with emotion on both sides, the Warriors came together Sunday afternoon and grabbed a game they needed to have.
Their 118-97 win over the Clippers in Game 4 evened the first-round playoff series at two games apiece before the action moves back to Los Angeles.
The victory also revived Stephen Curry, who started in a fury and played by far his best game of the series, finishing with a game-high 33 points, adding seven assists and seven rebounds.
Curry led five Warriors who scored in double figures, as Andre Iguodala had 22, while David Lee and Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson each had 15.
The Warriors took the court with a vengeance, taking a double-digit lead less than five minutes after tipoff.
The Clippers, clearly affected by stinging rhetoric allegedly uttered by owner Donald Sterling, were inconsistent throughout and even sluggish at times.
The Warriors outshot the Clippers (55.4 percent to 42.9), outrebounded them (34-32) and played their cleanest game yet, committing 15 turnovers to 19 for Los Angeles.
The Clippers were led by Jamal Crawford's 26 points off the bench. Power forward Blake Griffin, who had dominated much of the previous two games, was limited to 21 points.
Griffin's diminished influence can be attributed to a lineup change made by Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who replaced center Jermaine O'Neal in the starting lineup with forward Draymond Green.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: The game ball goes to Curry for seizing this game from the start with a 17-point first quarter that included a team record five 3-pointers in the quarter. His counterpart, Chris Paul, committed two quick fouls and played only six minutes in the opening quarter.
Iguodala also played a nice all-around game, sometimes running the offense and other times cutting and slashing without the ball. In addition to his 22 points, he also had nine assists, four rebounds and a steal.
Green scored only four points but provided steady defense, refusing to allow Griffin to take over this game, as he had the previous two.
TURNING POINT: The Warriors blew out to a quick lead, outscoring L.A. 35-17 in the first nine minutes of the game. Curry scored 17 of those points.
The Clippers spent the rest of the game trying to catch up but never got closer than nine.
INJURY UPDATE: For the Warriors, C Andrew Bogut (fractured rib), C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery rehab) and G Nemanja Nedovic (strained right calf) are out indefinitely.
The Clippers list no injuries.
WHAT'S NEXT: The teams meet Tuesday night for Game 6 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, then return to Oakland for Game 6 on Thursday night at Oracle.