NBA Finals 2015 - Game 4: Andre Igoudala inspires as Golden State Warriors dominate Cleveland Cavaliers to level the series at 2-2

Cleveland Cavaliers 82 Golden State Warriors 103

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The Golden State Warriors produced their most convincing display of the 2015 NBA Finals so far to dominate the Cleveland Cavaliers and level the series 2-2 after a 103-82 road win.

Head coach Steve Kerr changed his starting line-up for the game, inserting small forward Andre Igoudala into the starting five in place of giant Australian centre Andrew Bogut.

The move shifted Draymond Green to centre and Harrison Barnes to power forward and sent a message to the Cavaliers, who had won the last two games through sheer physical power, that they would play small, at a fast pace.

Initially the move seemed to backfire, with Cleveland jumping out to a 7-0 lead that included the Cavaliers dominating rebounds.

But Kerr stuck with the smaller five and it eventually paid dividends as Igoudala - Golden State's best player in the series so far - continued his form and league MVP Stephen Curry and Draymond Green finally found their groove.

Curry and Igoudala each scored 22 points, and Green played with a confidence so far missing from the series.

"We played desperate out there, man," Klay Thompson said. "We played real hungry. It was just awesome to come out here and impose our will on both sides of the ball and play our brand of basketball. That's what's been winning us games all year."

For the Cavs LeBron James, who had been averaging 41 points per game in the first three contests, was held to just 20 points and didn't score at all in the final quarter.

The four-time MVP also required stitches after a collision with a camera under the basket cut his head.

Russian centre Timofey Mozgov led the home team with 28 points and 10 rebounds, but Iman Shumpert and JR Smith combined for just nine points (Smith missed all eight three-point attempts) and unheralded star Matthew Dellavedova couldn't continue his fine form.

David Blatt's team were within three points at the start of the fourth quarter but couldn't keep up with the Warriors to the finish; it was the first time in the series where Cleveland looked like they really missed the firepower of injured stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

"Offensively we were terrible," James said. "Sometimes your offence just doesn't show up."

The series heads back to Oakland, with Game 5 taking place in the early hours of Monday morning.

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