The Wizards played tough for three quarters but would fall apart in the fourth as the Warriors win this one 102-94 in a game that was not as close as the final score indicated.
The Wizards were in this game and even held a nine point lead midway through the second quarter but the Warriors had a run to answer. The Warriors ended the second quarter on a 12-0 run to kill all of the Wizards momentum and led 49-46 at halftime.
Once again, the Wizards kept hanging around to start the third quarter. Gortat and Beal connected on an easy dunk and Otto Porter had a couple of layups in transition as the Wizards were able to stay within striking distance. The Warriors would go on an 8-0 run to stretch the lead out to 10, 72-62 and led 79-72 entering the fourth quarter.
Shaun Livingston backcut for an easy dunk to start the fourth and Leondro Barbosa would euro-step his way for a layup as the lead ballooned to 19, 95-76. The Wizards emptied the bench with 4:45 to play as the second unit made this score more respectable.
Wizards lose 102-94. On top of that, Detroit beat Oklahoma City tonight. The Wizards are now three games out of the eight seed with eight games to play.
Steph Curry on fire from three: Curry didn’t hit 11 three-pointers like he did the last time these teams played but was an impressive 6-8 from range. Curry hit most of his threes in the pick-and-roll game as well as in transition. The Wizards had no answer for the soon to be anointed MVP.
Wizards shoot just 22% from three-point range: The Wizards went 5-23 from three-point range. Markieff Morris was the only Wizards player to hit multiple three-pointers tonight. John Wall and Bradley Beal combined to go 1-9 from range. That’s not going to cut it when you’re trying to knock off the NBA’s best.