In back-to-back nights, the Wizards get run off the court. This time at the expense of the Golden State Warriors who dominated the second half and won 107-76. Steph Curry scored 24 points including 5-8 from three point range and all the talk of “are the Wizards back?” can officially stop.
Even with a slow start to the game, the Wizards went toe to toe with the Warriors to begin this one. After a Harrison Barnes three to open the game, the Wizards went on a 10-0 run to take an early lead. That was short lived as the Warriors countered with a 7-0 run of their own to tie the game.
In odd fashion, Randy Wittman opted to spell Paul Pierce with Martell Webster tonight. I don’t know if this is a sign of things to come or if it was just for the night. After making his first field goal, Webster missed the rest of his shots (three) and managed just six points, one rebound, and one assist in 22 minutes.
Even so, the Wizards were able to hang in this one and were down just three 27-24 after the first quarter.
Ramon Sessions hit a three pointer at the top of the key to start the second quarter as the Wizards were able to regain the lead by one. Marreese Speights caught fire and hit his next four shots. Speights is a tough matchup for the Wiz since he’s a big who can shoot jumpers. Our bigs are more traditional and aren’t comfortable playing defense too far from the hoop.
Paul Pierce countered with some hot shooting of his own as he hit three straight field goals and the Wizards were able to regain the lead 43-40. It had fans thinking; just maybe we can pull this out… After a very solid first half, the Wizards found themselves down just three and in striking distance 52-49.
The second half was a much different story. The third quarter was disastrous for the Wizards as they were outscored 29-8 and scored just one, yes ONE field goal in the entire quarter. Might I add, that field goal didn’t come until the 1:02 mark of the quarter which was on a Seraphin hook shot that bounced around the hoop before going in. Here’s a look at how bad it was:
Steph Curry continued to toy with the Wizards dribbling in and out of defenses and pulling up for three at the drop of a pin. It’s amazing how effortlessly he can pull up for three and more often than not it goes in.
After the embarrassment in the third quarter, the Wizards were down 81-57 and never got it under 20 the rest of the way.
Even though this was the best team in the NBA, the Wizards got embarrassed tonight. You will not win many games scoring just 27 points in a half. Additionally, the lack of effort in the past three games has been quite concerning. The five game winning streak seems like a distant memory as now the team is on a three game slide.
A chance to right the ship as the Pacers (who are on a skid of their own) come to town Wednesday night.