Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Warriors: Washington wins, because why not?

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Henry Jekyll must have been a Wizards fan.

I'm not even going to pretend to be surprised anymore by these Washington Wizards. Lose to the lowly Celtics at home before beating the good Suns on the road, then lose to the lowly Jazz on the road before beating the excellent Warriors on the road. Go figure. Oh, and we're back at .500 again, with a road matchup tonight against the very good Clippers. Joy.

The Wizards beat the Warriors, 88-85, with some stifling defense last night. Washington only shot 37.8 percent, but the Warriors were a smidge worse at 37.5 percent shooting. The Wizards did hit 10 of 22 threes, whereas the Warriors shot only 7-of-23 from deep. The boards were key, as Washington outrebounded Golden State 56-to-47, helping the Wizards attempt 10 more shots than the Warriors, who made it to the line eight more times than the Wiz.

Bradley Beal had Washington's best stat line with 20 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists, and he carried the offense early in the fourth quarter by hitting a few huge threes. But it was Trevor Ariza (nine points, 11 rebounds) and John Wall (15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, five turnovers) who, despite middling stats, carried the team to victory, and they did it with defense. Wall harassed Stephen Curry all night, helping "hold" him to an inefficient 23 points, while Ariza's immaculate defense in the game's waning seconds forced Curry into a contested, left-handed shot put that didn't come close to swishing through the net.

I'd say let's see if the Wizards can do it again tonight against the Clippers, but we know better by now, don't we? Stop worrying, and just enjoy the show.


Road team recaps: BF StoryStreamWashington PostAP | CSN Washington (recapsidebar) | Daily DimeTruth About ItWiz of AwesHoop DistrictTed's TakeWizards.comMonumental NetworkDaily Wizdom

Home team recaps: Golden State of Mind | San Fransisco Chronicle (gamersidebar) | San Jose Mercury NewsWarriors WorldBay Area News GroupBay Sports NetSF BayBlue Man HoopGolden Gate Sports

Game highlights

Postgame interviews: Randy WittmanJohn WallBradley BealTrevor ArizaNene


32.5 - The Splash Bros. combined shooting percentage against the Wizards. Steph Curry shot 8-of-23, while and Klay Thompson went 5-of-17.

3 - After last night, the number of times the Warriors have been held to less than 40 percent shooting. They shot 37.5 percent against the Wizards.



Given the defense the Wizards played against the Warriors, it was fitting the game began like this...

and ended like this.



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