Wizards vs. Warriors final score: Washington falls short against defending champs 109-101

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 32 points and Steph Curry added 25 as the reigning champion Golden State Warriors come into Washington and beat the Wizards, 109-101 on Wednesday night.

Otto Porter led the way for Washington with 29 points, including 18 in the first half. Kelly Oubre added 17 points for a tired, dead-legged, Wizards squad playing on the second half of a back-to-back but it wasn’t enough to avoid the inevitable in this one.

The Wizards looked off to start the game. Shots weren’t falling in the first quarter and guys were making lazy passes leading to easy transition opportunities for Golden State. Washington committed five turnovers in the first quarter which turned into 11 Golden State points as the Wizards found themselves in an early hole.

Washington refused to let it get out of hand. They made several runs to keep the game close, but unfortunately for the Wizards, the Warriors did that thing where they let teams hang around and make them think there’s a chance to take control, only to rip off an 8-0 run in the blink of an eye whenever things got too close for comfort.


The bench provides a second-quarter spark

Everything changed for the Wizards in the second quarter thanks to the reserves. The bench unit ripped off a 10-0 run with hustle plays and ball movement to get the Wizards back in the game before it got out of hand. There was a sequence in the second quarter where Tim Frazier nabbed two offensive rebounds on the same possessions and dished the ball off to Mike Scott for a thunderous jam.

That jolt of energy the reserves provided carried over when the starters returned to the game as Porter, Morris, and Satoransky all knocked down 3-pointers as Washington was able to regain the lead for a brief moment, 53-52.

Washington outscored the Warriors 35-22 in the period giving them a fighter’s chance entering the second half. Not bad, considering Bradley Beal didn’t score until the third quarter of the game.

The scheduling fairies did the Wizards no favors tonight

Not only is Washington in the midst of their toughest stretch of the season, but having to play Golden State on the second half of a back-to-back after playing in Milwaukee the night before? Brutal. As a result, the Wizards came out flat to start the game and looked stuck in the mud for a large portion of the second half as they tried to fight back.

Don’t read too much into this loss. The Wizards just need to move on as they have two more important games against Eastern Conference foes later this week.

Game Notes

  • Bradley Beal was held scoreless in the first half for the first time this season and didn’t score his first basket of the game until the 5:17 mark of the third quarter. He ended the night with just eight points on a brutal 3-15 shooting
  • Everyone snacks – The Wizards combined for 25 assists tonight. Still good, but not 30+ assists like we’ve become so accustomed to in recent weeks.
  • Washington let the long ball fly tonight jacking up 32 three-pointers, but they only connected on 11 of them (34 percent).

Up Next: Hell week continues as the Raptors come to town Friday night in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup.


Wizards at Warriors final score: Curry scores 42 as Warriors blow out Wizards, 139-115.

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.

Wizards vs. Warriors final score: Wall racks up 19 assists as Washington beats Golden State 112-108

John Wall matched his career-high with 19 assists as the Wizards broke out of their post All-Star game funk with one of their best wins of the season. All five Wizards starters finished in double-figures tonight led by Bradley Beal with 25 and Markieff Morris with 22 as theWizards closed out the Warriors 112-108.

There was a ton of hype leading up to this one and rightfully so. The Wizards waited until Golden State was in town before turning in their best first quarter of the season. Unfortunately, Kevin Durant injured his knee at the 10:27 mark of the first quarter and would be sidelined the rest of the game.

After some not so great starts in their past two games, the Wizards were on fire from the field connecting on their first four field goals and four of their first five three-pointers.

Later in the quarter, Wall parted the Red Sea to bang home a nasty left-handed dunk:

Then the Wizards went showtime on us with some nifty plays in transition to open up an impressive early lead.

Washington shot 62.5 percent from the field including 4-6 from three-point range as they took a 40-26 lead after one quarter.

The offense stalled out a bit in the second quarter but newly acquired Bojan Bogdanovic came to the rescue. He scored the first nine points of the second period for the Wizards, as the bench unit was able to keep the Wizards’ lead intact.

Washington had an opportunity to blow this one open but was very loose with the ball, turning it over 14 times in the first half. Turnovers aside, the Wizards still went into halftime up 12, 61-49.

You knew the Warriors wouldn’t go away and they got back in this one with a quick 10-0 run to start the third quarter. After trading baskets for most of the period, the game was all tied up going into the fourth quarter.

Washington started the final quarter ice-cold, missing 14 of their first 17 shots. But for every punch Golden State threw, the Wizards had a counter. Brooks went with the small lineup of Wall-Beal-Bogdanovic-Porter-Morris to match the Warriors small-ball lineup midway through the fourth quarter. Just like the third quarter, the teams continued to trade baskets in a quarter that featured three ties and 12 lead changes.

With the game tied at 108 with under a minute to go, Otto Porter gathered an offensive rebound off of a Wall miss and got fouled going up for another shot. Porter calmly knocked down the free throws to give the Wizards an 110-108 lead.

Washington had a minor hiccup on defense leaving Curry open for a split second, but he missed the deep three that could have given the Warriors the lead in the closing seconds. Markieff Morris grabbed the rebound and sank two free throws with 3.7 seconds left to seal the 112-108 win.

Picture perfect first quarter

After an uninspiring start against Philly and a ho-hum start against Utah, the Wizards came out against Golden State guns blazing. Washington hit their first four jumpers of the game and seven of their first nine as they took an early 22-14 lead. Bradley Beal was 6-7 from the field for 16 points as the team dropped a season-high 40 points in the first quarter.

There were many highlights to choose from but this tic-tac-toe pass from Wall-Beal-Oubre for the dunk takes the cake.

Wizards make plays when it counts most

Washington made the plays to win this one when it counted most. The team struggled to score in the fourth quarter so they went back to their bread and butter. Wall continued to attack but didn’t get the foul calls he was looking for. However, this allowed guys like Gortat and Morris to crash the offensive glass for putbacks.

Plus, the Wizards were 10-10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

That’s how you close out games.

Bogdanovic provides the spark the Wizards were looking for

The Wizards lacked a scoring spark for the first half of the season and it looked like they may have found their guy to solve that problem, at least for now. Bogdanovic was the second-highest scorer in the first half with 12 points including the first nine points of the second period for Washington.

Bogdanovic ended the night with 16 points including going 3-6 from three-point range.

Curry, Warriors use late run to drop Wizards, 102-94

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.

Wizards vs. Warriors preview: Washington continues West Coast trip against the NBA’s best

The Wizards head to the not so friendly confines of Oracle Arena looking to take down the Golden State Warriors who haven’t lost at home since January 27th, 2015.

The last time these two teams played, John Wall had an outstanding game scoring 41 points (on 17-25 shooting) to go along with 10 assists. Unfortunately, Wall’s game was overshadowed by Stephen Curry who scored 51 points and shot 11-15 from three-point range.

The Warriors are 9-1 in their last 10 games with a record of 66-7; 51 games better than the Lakers team the Wizards beat on Sunday night. The Warriors are just seven wins away from setting the record for most wins in a regular season.

Bottom line is, if the Wizards are going to sneak out with a win, they’ll need their best performance of the season as well as a little help from the Warriors.

Game Info

When: March 29 @ 10:30 PM EST.

Where: Oracle Arena

TV: TNT (no local coverage for tonight’s game)

Radio: 99.1 WNEW

Injury Report

Alan Anderson, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris are game-time decisions for the Wizards.

Festus Ezeli, Kevon Looney and Andre Iguodala are out; and Brandon Rush will be a game-time decision for the Warriors.

Keys to the game

The Wizards must slow down Stephen Curry: The soon to be anointed, back-to-back MVP is averaging 30 points per night. John Wall will have the task of guarding Curry and the Wizards will need his best defensive performance of the season if they are going to win this one. This isn’t only on John Wall though. The bigs need to help Wall out in the pick-and-roll game as that’s how Curry scored a bulk of his threes the last time these teams met. The Wizards will also have to stop the Warriors transition offense from getting easy looks if they want to have any shot of winning this game.

An unlikely player (or two) must step up for the Wizards: Porter, Morris, Dudley, Sessions, take your pick. Someone is going to have to step up for this team and have a monster game if the Wizards are going to pull the upset. Even though John Wall scored 41 points last time these teams met, the Wizards still lost by 13, 134-121. Wall can do it himself against the Lakers, 76ers, etc. but this is a whole different animal. If the Wizards don’t have at least two 20-point scorers outside of Wall, I don’t think they can come close to winning this game.

But hey… it’s sports and crazy things happen right?

Most Likely Wizards Killer: Leandro Barbosa

Many thought Barbosa’s career was over when the Wizards acquired him in the deal that sent Jordan Crawford to Boston. He had torn his ACL earlier that season with Boston and he had struggled to find a spot where he fit outside of the Seven Seconds or Less system in Phoenix. Remarkably, he’s found a new home in Golden State where he’s wreaking havoc again off the bench. If Washington’s help defense isn’t on-point, he could have a big night going up against Ramon Sessions and Marcus Thornton.

Wizards vs. Warriors final score: Curry drops 51 as Warriors beat Wizards, 134-121

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.

The slumping Wizards welcome the red-hot Warriors to town.

The Warriors come into this game flying high, winners of seven straight. The Wizards? They’ve currently lost four of their past five games and are hoping things don’t completely spiral out of control before the All-Star break.

The Wizards have given up 113.25 points per game in their last four losses (Not including 122 points in a win against the Rockets) whereas the Warriors are the highest scoring team in the NBA averaging 115 points per game.

On paper, this game does not bode well for the Wizards. The only glimmer of hope is that the Warriors four losses have come to underwhelming teams aside from Dallas.

Game Info:

When: February 3 @ 8 p.m. EST.

Where: Verizon Center

TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSN Bay Area, ESPN (USA), TSN4 (Canada), NBA League Pass worldwide

Radio: Bloomberg 99.1 FM in the D.C. area, KNBR 680 AM in the Bay Area

Injury Report: For the Wizards, Kris Humphries and Alan Anderson (remember how pumped we were to get him in the offseason?) remain out. For the Warriors, they’ll be without Festus Ezili and James McAdoo.

John Wall vs. Stephen Curry: The Wizards haven’t been playing well but that hasn’t prevented Wall from turning in his best season statistically to date. He’ll have quite the task trying to lock up Curry who’s averaging an NBA-high 29.4 points per game.

Wall has the speed to stay in front of Curry; it’s just you need a full team effort on defense to stop him. On the flip side, Wall has been jacking up a ton of shots as of late and is averaging 19.5 points and 9.8 assists per game. If the Wizards are going to win this one, they’ll need a triple-double or near triple-double from Wall.

Who’s going to step up for the Wizards: A triple-double from Wall might not be enough to beat this team. The Wizards are going to need an extraordinary performance from someone not named Wall if this game is going to be competitive.

Bradley Beal: if there were a night to have a 30-point game this season this would be a good time. Beal, still in his reserve role, will most likely be matched up against Shaun Livingston or Leandro Barbosa. Livingston poses a problem as he has a solid 3-4 inches on Beal. Barbosa is quick but isn’t the best defender.

We’ve seen that Gortat, Porter, and Temple pretty much have a cap which is 20 points. The Wizards are going to need an all-around great team effort but will also need a huge game from Beal as I’d be surprised if this game isn’t played in the 110’s or 120’s.

The Warriors are exactly what pace and space small ball looks like: This one is self-explanatory.