The Wizards had a chance to knock off Golden State but their 18-point lead evaporated quickly in the fourth quarter as the Warriors would win 120-117.
Washington was up 80-62 in the third quarter but Golden State would outscore Washington 33-20 in the final period to regain control.
This one got chippy as Bradley Beal and Draymond Green were both ejected in the second quarter after a scuffle that was building up over time.
Washington falls to 1-2 on this early season west coast road trip.
About that chippiness
This started early and kept on building as the refs let them play. John Wall got whistled for an offensive foul in the first quarter in which he felt Steph Curry flopped. The two would have some choice words for each other but nothing would escalate between the two.
Late in the first quarter, Bradley Beal drove baseline and Draymond Green looked to jump straight up for the block but there was a lot of contact and no foul called. Green, who has a reputation for running his mouth, proceeded to run his mouth as the two jogged back up the court. Things were starting to heat up and finally, a Green block on Beal was the tipping point. Beal drove only to get rejected by Green at the rim who made sure to let Beal know about it afterward. Beal retaliated with a shove to Green’s back and that’s when all hell broke loose.
Expect a couple of fines and suspensions to come of this.
Washington finally gets hot from three-point range
Washington has struggled all season shooting the three-ball but finally got hot from distance tonight. The Wizards shot 33 threes, a season-high, connecting on 15 of them, also a season high.
Otto Porter Jr. knocked down a career-best seven three-pointers including two clutch ones in the fourth quarter to keep Washington in the game as Golden State was looking to run away.
Kelly Oubre was terrific from three-point range connecting on his first four attempts and at a time when the Wizards were building out their 18-point lead. Oubre would miss his final two attempts but still ended the night 4-6 from distance.
Looks like all that work with the shot doctor is starting to pay off.
Otto Porter has one of his best games as a Wizard
Otto Porter just keeps getting better and better and so does his offseason signing. Porter led the way for Washington tonight with 29 points on 11-16 shooting including 7-9 from three-point range. Porter grabbed 10 rebounds and also played terrific defense on Draymond Green in his new power forward role.
If Porter can continue to have impressive nights like this, the Wizards might not need to grab a free agent to create their own ‘Big 3’.
- To no one’s surprise, John Wall was great dishing the ball out as he notched 14 assists. However, his shooting continues to struggle. Again, Wall got off to a slow shooting start tonight and looked to force the issue a few too many times. Wall was driving to the hole to get calls, not to score, and unfortunately for Wall; he wasn’t getting those calls tonight.
- Kelly Oubre Jr. matched his career-high with 19 points. The third-year player was terrific connecting on his first four three-point attempts in addition to snagging eight rebounds. Oubre looks better and better as this young season rolls along.
- Free throw shooting may have cost Washington the game. The Wizards were just 16-22 from the line which isn’t terrible however four of those misses came in the fourth quarter while Golden State was mounting their comeback. The Wizards missed six free throws and lost by three points. You do the math.
Next up: Washington heads to Sacramento on Sunday night to close out their road trip.