The Wizards put forth a better effort but ultimately fall short as Steph Curry and the Warriors win this one 114-107. Steph Curry was the game’s high scorer with 32 points, 8 assists, and an equally impressive zero turnovers. Aside from Curry; Barnes, Green, Thompson, and Speights all scored in double figures for the Warriors.
In an unbelievable fashion, the Wizards raced out to a 9-0 lead to start this game connecting on their first four shots from the field. Many of the Wizards’ first quarter points came from attacking and getting to the hole rather than settling for long jump shots and three pointers. The Warriors countered with a 13-2 run of their own on some sharp shooting from Steph Curry in particular. Curry scored 13 in the quarter and even had some fancy And-1 assists to his teammates.
Unfortunately for the Wizards, turnovers were their biggest problem tonight as they had a mind boggling 25 for the game and eight in the first quarter. They turned the ball over on 24% of their offensive possessions tonight. No way you beat the Warriors let alone anyone in the NBA doing that.
The Warriors stayed hot with Leandro Barbosa hitting a three to start the second quarter and Draymond Green hitting a elbow jump shot to stretch the lead to eight early in the second.
Midway through the second quarter Garrett Temple chased down Harrison Barnes for what would have been an easy layup and blocked it. On the other end, The Wizards found a trailing Temple who hit a three pointer to cut the lead to three. With the time winding down in the quarter, John Wall found Kris Humphries for an elbow jumper that he knocked down at the buzzer. The Wizards committed 18 turnovers in the first half but just trailed by three, 54-51.
Lo and behold, the Warriors ran a play for Curry to start the second half and he drilled a three pointer. Paul Pierce had an answer on the other end hitting a three pointer of his own. Pierce had a great third quarter shooting 4-5 from the field with 14 points.
The Wizards took a 73-72 lead at the 4:53 mark on three free throws from Pierce. It was their first lead since early in the first quarter. Marreese Speights had an answer on the other end knocking in a easy floater. The lead seesawed for the rest of the quarter.
Ramon Sessions came in for Wall and Steph Curry decided the go And-1 mixtape on him and boy was it impressive. Behind the back dribbling, no look passes, it was all on display as he toyed with Sessions.
The teams traded baskets to start the fourth quarter. Rasual Butler hit a three for the Wizards to tie the game at 90 at the 8:30 mark but the Warriors came right back with back to back threes of their own. The Warriors were able to stretch the lead out to eight and the Wizards never got it back under five.
The Wizards have now lost four straight games. Although they played with more energy tonight, a loss is a loss. It should be noted that Marcin Gortat had a very nice game with 16 points and 11 rebounds but did not play in the 4th quarter as Randy Wittman opted to go with a smaller lineup. It was a head scratcher as Nene wasn’t too effective.
The Wiz travel to Minneapolis to play the Timberwolves who just reacquired Kevin Garnett. The Wolves have one of the worst records in the league but with the way the Wizards are playing, a loss wouldn’t surprise anyone.