Steph Curry catches fire for 42 points as the Warriors beat the Wizards 139-115. Bradley Beal scored a team-high 20 points while Wall chipped in with 15 points and 11 assists but the Wizards didn’t have enough firepower to hang with Golden State tonight. The loss drops the Wizards to 2-3 on this road trip and the team is now a game back of Toronto and are currently in the 4-seed.
Steph Curry was smoking hot from the get-go and there was nothing the Wizards could do about it. Curry knocked down his first three three-pointers just minutes into the game as the Wizards found themselves in an early hole. But after a 0-3 start from the field for Washington, the Wizards connected on their next 7-8 shots to tie the game. Bradley Beal scored 13 points in the period while Wall dished out six assists but the Warriors shot 58 percent for the quarter for a 35-30 lead.
Former Wizard, Shaun Livingston also started out hot from the field as he connected on his first five field goals, all in the second quarter. Washington made several runs to cut the lead down to three, but the Warriors always had an answer. Washington used a 10-2 run to cut the lead down to two, 53-51 but the Warriors used a 12-4 run to close the half and led 67-57.
The Splash Brothers remained hot in the third quarter. Klay Thompson started the period off with a deep three to stretch the Warriors lead while Steph Curry was hitting acrobatic shots like this one as the Wizards founds themselves down by as many as 20.
Golden State led 106-88 and once again, things looked bleak for Washington.
The Wizards started the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run sparked by the reserves. Washington was able to get the deficit to as close as 9, 116-107 midway through the fourth quarter. But the Warriors reserves would hang on to win this one 139-115.
Defense is awful once again
Yes, Golden State is a different animal, but once again the Wizards didn’t do much to deter the Warriors tonight. Golden State shot 56 percent from the field and knocked down 16 three-pointers as they surrendered 100+ points through three quarters for the second time in three games. And as expected, Steph Curry had his revenge game against the Wizards with 42 points.
Kelly Oubre comes back to earth offensively
After his best four-game stretch of the season, Kelly Oubre came back to earth on the offensive end. Oubre scored just six points tonight on 2-11 shooting including just 2-4 from the free-throw line.
On a positive note, Oubre stayed in stride on the defensive end with several deflections and hustle plays. The offensive isn’t always going to be there for Oubre, but the key for him is continuing to play hard on the defensive end.
Too many turnovers
The Wizards committed 15 turnovers resulting in 28 points for the Warriors. You’re not going to beat Golden State coughing up the ball that much.