The Washington Wizards certainly didn’t appear to be a 2-15 team on Saturday night, nor did they appear to be the team that owned the worst shooting percentage in the NBA coming into Saturday’s matchup against the Warriors. However, the Warriors did not hand Washington their third win of the season, instead winning by a final tally of 101-97 to remain undefeated three games through their taxing seven-game East coast swing.
For the Warriors, it was extremely simple—David Lee, Klay Thompson, and Stephen Curry provided the bulk of the production. That trio combined for 70 of Golden State’s 101 points, while the other corps watched along. Carl Landry should also be mentioned, as he was a key producer of the bench, chipping in 12 points with nine rebounds. However, it was Lee, Thompson, and Curry from the opening tip to the final buzzer which propelled the Warriors.
Curry came out blazing hot in the first 12 minutes, scoring ten points to get his Warriors going. He finished with 22 points to extend his streak of scoring at least 20 points per game to seven. However, thanks to a bundle of turnovers, Washington stayed in the game. In fact, the final comparison in that department was ugly. Golden State turned the ball over 19 times, while Washington turned the rock over just eight times. Yet the Warriors scored 16 points off turnovers to notch the Wizards’ seven points.
Thompson put the Warriors ahead by seven at the first quarter’s end with with a pair of three pointers.
Golden State continued to pad their lead by scoring six unanswered points to begin the second quarter. Then, momentum started to shift Washington’s way, eventually leading to Cartier Martin’s best Klay Thompson impression, as Martin drilled two three pointers to bring the Wizards within three at halftime.
Washington continued to match the Warriors shot for shot until Lee and Thompson combined to score seven points in the final three minutes of the game to bury Washington for good.
Notes: Lee scored 22 points backed by 17 rebounds… Harrison Barnes only recorded three points on a 1-for-7 shooting night… Thompson scored 23 points…