The Wizards fell to the Warriors 120-117 in a game that featured stellar performances, wild momentum swings, and a fight in which Bradley Beal and Draymond Green were both ejected.
The game got off to a quick start. The teams combined to score 17 points within the first three minutes of the game. John Wall had a great rhythm going with Marcin Gortat, hitting him with a few pocket passes as he rolled to the basket for easy layups. Otto Porter was a huge contributor early on with 11 first quarter points which helped give the Wizards a 10-point lead. Stephen Curry responded to Porter’s first quarter output with 12 of his own, but the Wizards played steady basketball on both ends and remained in control early on.
Once the bench started substituting in, the defensive execution from the Wizards began to suffer. Klay Thompson took advantage of having Tim Frazier guarding him for a couple of possessions and that got him going a bit, but the Warriors defense was not much better. The Wizards continued their efficient shooting and maintained their lead through the rest of the half.
Right before the end of the half, Bradley Beal and Draymond Green got into an altercation that resulted in both being ejected.
In spite of Beal’s ejection, the Wizards were able to balloon up their lead to 18 in the third quarter. Slowly, the Warriors started to shoot better, but did not cut the lead into the single digits until early in the fourth quarter.
David West’s layup with 6:49 left gave the Warriors their first lead since the first quarter. From there, the Warriors heated up and opened up a 7-point lead with after a Kevon Looney dunk with 2:40 left in the game. The Wizards attempted to chip away at the lead, but it was a little too late and they ended up losing a tough one on the road to fall to 3-2 on the season.
Wizards were on fire
The Wizards shot the ball very well for much of the game, which played a big part in why they were able to race out to such a big lead. The team ended up shooting 46 from behind the arc, which was lead by hot shooting from Kelly Oubre (4-6 from deep) and Otto Porter (7-9 from deep).
They both played very well and picked up the slack as the Warriors focused on the taking scoring opportunities away from Wall and Beal. Oubre matched his career-high with 19 points, and set a new career-high with four made three-pointers. Porter was perhaps the most effective offensive player for the Wizards in this one, scoring 29 points and setting a new career-high with seven three pointers made.
Intensity was very high
Both teams combined for four technical fouls, including two ejections. There was a quite a bit of jawing and chippiness to the game with many players. This game was also played at a very rapid pace as both teams are amongst the fastest pace teams in the NBA so far this season. It made for a very high-scoring, entertaining game.
Warriors heat up in second Half
Coming into the game, the Warriors ranked third in the league in three point field goal percentage at 42 percent, but the Warriors started the game 3 for 20 from downtown in the first half, while the Wizards were an unbelievable 11 for 17.
The Warriors scored 67 second half points including shooting 7 for 18 from deep. Kevin Durant led the way in the game for the Warriors with 31 points, and they were able to put this all together on a night where Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 5-21 from deep.
- From the brawl earlier, it appears that Carrick Felix and Markieff Morris left the bench and it also looked like Kelly Oubre may have connected on a punch on Klay Thompson. There’s a possibility all three of them may see a suspension along with Beal.
- Wall finished the first half with an awesome buzzer-beater.
- Mike Scott ended up starting the second half in place of Beal.
- These two teams will play their second and final game on Wednesday, February 28th, at 8 pm from Capital One Arena.
Next up: The Wizards finish their road trip on Sunday as they face the Kings at 6 p.m. ET.