Warriors score 41 in 1st quarter of big win over Wizards


Warriors score 41 in 1st quarter of big win over Wizards


Warriors 120, Wizards 100Player of the game: Warriors shooting guard Monta Ellis had 25 points on 10-for-16 from the field and eight assists to help the Warriors end their five-game road trip with a victory.It was a season-high in points for the Warriors, who finished their trip with a 2-3 record.

Theres no magic about winning in this league, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. If you put in the effort an inside-outside attack and we defended. We paid attention to the script and this was a much-needed win.Key stretch: The Warriors had been having great difficulty in third quarters on the road trip. Through their first four games, the Warriors had been outscored by an average of 10 points in the third.
That was rectified against Washington. The Warriors outscored the Wizards 24-20 in the period, which may not sound like much, but it gave the Warriors an 89-71 lead heading into the fourth quarter.3-pointers return: Through the first four games of the road trip, the Warriors were awful from 3-point range. They had gone just 13-for-71 from beyond the arc (18.3 percent) against Indiana, Atlanta, Philly and Toronto.But they broke out in a big way against Washington, going 8-for-10 from 3-point land on their way to a 65-51 halftime lead.For the game, the Warriors went 15-for-23 (65 percent) from 3-point range.We havent shot the ball well the whole road trip, said Stephen Curry, who returned and played nine minutes. We just came out and played defense early and then saw a couple of shots go in and our momentum was back.Monster first: After scoring just 28 points in the second half against Toronto on Monday, the Warriors resembled a different team in the first quarter against Washington.The Warriors scored a season-high 41 points in the first quarter, taking complete control of the game. By midway through the second period, the Warriors led the Wizards by 25 points 53-28.Curry returns: Warriors guard Stephen Curry played his first extended minutes since straining a tendon in his right foot against Phoenix on Feb. 22.Curry missed the first game of the Warriors road trip on Feb. 28, then played three seconds the following night when coach Mark Jackson used him as a decoy on a last-second play.However, Curry then sat out the next two games vs. Philly and Toronto before returning against the Wizards.Curry didnt start, however, and entered the game midway through the first quarter. He played just five minutes in the first half and nine minutes total, but Curry found a way to score 12 points during that time.

Gameday: Warriors limited Embiid, Simmons once; Can they do it again?

Gameday: Warriors limited Embiid, Simmons once; Can they do it again?

After losing the biggest test of the season thus far, the Warriors will try to get back to winning Saturday, when they face the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3:30, with tipoff scheduled for 4:35.

The Warriors (11-4), who are coming off their first loss in eight games, a 92-88 defeat at Boston on Thursday, laid a 135-114 beating on the 76ers one week ago in Oakland. They shot a season-high 58.5 percent from the field, including 51.9 percent beyond the arc.

The Sixers (8-6) started the season by losing four of their first five games but have recovered nicely, winning seven of their last nine. They rebounded from the loss to the Warriors by sweeping the Clippers and Lakers in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Warriors by 8.5

Draymond Green and Co. vs. Joel Embiid: The Warriors used a tag-team effort to lock down the Philadelphia big man last week, holding Embiid to 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting and seven rebounds while forcing seven turnovers. It was a lesson in team defense, and they’ll try to repeat that performance. No fewer than five Warriors -- Zaza Pachulia, Kevin Durant, JaVale McGee, David West and Green -- will get chances to defend Embiid, who responded to a poor game in Oakland by combining for 87 points and 31 rebounds in torching the Clippers and the Lakers in LA.

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

76ers: G Jerryd Bayless (L wrist bruise) is listed as questionable. G/F Justin Anderson (L shin splints), G Markelle Fultz (right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance) and G Nik Stauskas (R ankle sprain) are listed as out.

Tony Brothers (crew chief), Bennie Adams and Lauren Holtkamp.

The Warriors have won the last nine meetings overall, the last four in Philadelphia. Their last loss in Philadelphia was on March 2, 2013.

WHAT ABOUT STEPH? Stephen Curry has fallen into a bit of a shooting rut, and it’s not necessarily related to the thigh bruise sustained last Saturday against 76ers. He is 20-of-61 (32.8 percent) from the field, including 9-of-33 (27.3) from deep, over his last four games; he was 34-of-58 (58.6) and 18-of-32 (56.3) in the four games before that. He’ll get opportunities against the Philly defense. Can he snap out of it?

I-N-T-E-N-S-I-T-Y SPELLS INTENSITY: The Warriors are have a tough time shaking the habit of strolling through too many parts of games. After a first half in which they committed 13 turnovers and allowed Philly to shoot 52 percent, the Warriors last week used a third-quarter barrage to put the game away. After being freshly burned in Boston, expect them to bring some early fire, trying to bury the Sixers early and totally.

BEN SIMMONS PT. II: In sending a variety of defenders at the 6-foot-10 point guard, the Warriors kept Simmons off balance and turned him into a volume shooter. He took 17 shots, his second-highest total of the season, and made six. There is no reason to expect a substantial change, and this time the Warriors will add Andre Iguodala into the defensive mix.

Ex-Cavs player claims LeBron wasn't responsible for Warriors tombstone cookies

Ex-Cavs player claims LeBron wasn't responsible for Warriors tombstone cookies

Months after the Cavs overcame a 3-1 series deficit in the 2016 NBA Finals to stun the 73-win Warriors, images surfaced from a Halloween party hosted by LeBron James.

In the images, cookies in the shape of tombstones with the names of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson could be seen on a plate. The date "2015-16" was written on the cookies, apparently signifying the year the Warriors stars "died."

It was the height of the bitterness between the two teams that have met in three straight NBA Finals. The Cavs didn't care much for the Warriors.

But now, more than a year later, one of the players that was at the party to trying to take the blame off LeBron.

"I was at the Halloween party. Usually, [LeBron's] trolls are funny, but that was not from him, that was from the catering company. That’s why he doesn’t speak of it because the catering company put that together. If you think that LeBron James throws a party and does everything from the cookies to the decorations, then you’re kind of insane, that he has a season to prepare for and he’s party planning as well," former Cavs forward Dahntay Jones said Friday on The Russillo Show on ESPN. "But that was the company that they hired. It just happened to be funny at that point in time."

Jones, who is currently unsigned, has played one game for the Cavs each of the last two regular seasons. He did play in the first six games of the 2015-16 NBA Finals and averaged 1.3 points per game.