I am sorry for any fans who arrived late to tonight’s game.
Stephen Curry scored 51 points tonight including 25 in the first quarter as the Warriors outlasted the Wizards 134-121. The stat sheet won’t show it, but the Wizards actually played fairly well defensively and put forth one of their best overall efforts all season against the NBA’s best.
In the blink of an eye, the Wizards found themselves down 18-8 as Don Newman was forced to call an early timeout. Stephen Curry was out of his mind in the first quarter shooting 9-10 from the field and 7-8 from three-point range. Ironically enough, the three he missed was probably the most wide open look of them all.
Wall tried guarding Curry, nope. Temple tried guarding Curry, nope. Curry would end the first quarter with 25 points as the Warriors led 43-28.
Give the Wizards credit, they took a punch in the mouth but continued to fight back. Bradley Beal played very well for the Wizards tonight scoring 18 points and 10 in the first half. Beal did a better job attacking the hole and didn’t settle for those long two’s that we’ve gotten used to.
Wall and Gortat got back to running the pick-and-roll and suddenly the Warriors 15 point lead was trimmed down to nine with 3:45 to play in the half. A quick spurt from the Warriors stretched the lead to 74-60 at halftime.
The Wizards had way more energy to start the second half. Otto picked off a lazy pass and finished with a dunk to get the momentum rolling. The Wizards started the quarter on a 19-7 run to cut the lead to two.
John Wall picked up his fourth foul at the 6:18 mark and was forced to watch the rest of the third quarter from the bench.
Like the Warriors often do, they went on a quick 10-0 run in just two minutes to stretch the lead 11, 103-92 after three.
John Wall wouldn’t let this team go down without a fight. Wall continued to be aggressive attacking the hole and not settling for jumpers. Gary Neal hit three jumpers off the bench and there was a glimmer of hope as the Wizards trailed by just six.
The Warriors make you pay though. Otto Porter missed a layup which would have cut the lead to six and the Warriors responded with a Steph Curry three on the other end.
Hell of an effort by the team tonight but they’d come up short, 134-121.
Steph Curry Show: Curry scored a career-high for points in a first-half with 36 and 51 for the game. The MVP went 19-28 from the field including 11-16 from three-point range. Curry was unconscious and the Wizards had absolutely no answer on the defensive end. Curry was flicking up 28-foot shots like they were layups and splash, they’d go in. Wall started out on Curry then the Wizards switched Garrett Temple on him. It didn’t matter. The Wizards actually did a decent job of getting a hand in Curry’s face, but it just didn’t matter.
John Wall had the quietest 41 point 10 assist game you’ll ever see: You can’t knock the effort. Wall played his heart out tonight scoring 41 points on 17-25 shooting to go along with 10 assists. Wall was hitting jump shots, went 3-3 from three-point range, and was fearless in attacking the hole. It was clear that Wall came to play tonight with a chip on his shoulder. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.