The Washington Wizards lost to the Golden State Warriors 120-117 on Friday night at Oracle Arena. Here's analysis of what happened...
Not enough: The final result of this game was entirely secondary to what went down at the end of the first half, a fight between Bradley Beal and Draymond Green that resulted in ejections for each. Each team lost a star player, but the subtraction of Beal clearly affected the Wizards more than Green's departure did the Warriors.
The Wizards battled and battled, but John Wall (20 points, 14 assists) and Otto Porter (29 points, 10 rebounds) couldn't keep up with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, especially with Markieff Morris out of the picture. They were up by 18 at one point, but Wall missed a three in the final seconds and Jodie Meeks missed everything at the buzzer.
With Morris already out due to injury, the fact the Wizards kept it close was impressive. Still, they fell to 3-2 on the year with their second consecutive loss.
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Fight night: The game itself is not what people will be talking about through the weekend. With one minute left in the first half, Beal and Green got into a fight that ended in a big scrum between the teams under the basket. Both players were ejected after an extended dispute between the teams, their coaching staffs and security.
It's must-see video.
That, of course, could result in a suspension or several. Beal and Green could be hit, but there were other players that may have left the bench and the NBA doesn't allow that. The Wizards' next game is on Sunday against the Kings.
The next time the Wizards and Warriors see each other is Feb. 28 at Capital One Arena. That should be fun.
Porter continues to impress: Porter had a career-high seven threes and through five games more and more looks like a different player. Wall and Beal took major steps in their development in the first year of their max contracts. Porter signed his this summer and appears to be taking a similar leap. The only shame is that he didn't get a chance to shoot either of the Wizards' final threes late in Friday's loss as they attempted to force overtime. He's shooting 50 percent on the season.
Oubre brings the offense: Three-pointers are always needed to keep up with the Warriors and Kelly Oubre, Jr. was happy to provide them for the Wizards. He had four threes in the first half and had 14 points in his first 17 minutes.
Oubre was unconscious from long range, even hitting one three right in Durant's face. He also tried to dunk on Durant, earning a foul that KD wasn't happy with. The difference in Oubre's confidence with the ball in his hands is obvious this season. Clearly he worked on his right hand all summer. He's always had a quick trigger shooting threes, but now they are going in at a higher rate. He's 7-for-15 in his last three games.
Three-point defense good early, not late: The Wizards have had trouble defending the perimeter at times in recent years, making their three-point defense something to watch heading into this one. But they ended up holding the Warriors to 1-for-15 to begin the game. Golden State, you may or may not have heard, is pretty good at shooting threes.
At halftime the Warriors were 3-for-20 from long range. Wall, Porter and Oubre deserve much of the credit, though there were some open looks missed that the Warriors usually make. Golden State, though, rallied to hit 7-of-18 in the second half. That helped them secure the victory.
Up next: The Wizards head to Sacramento to face the young Kings on Sunday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The matchup to watch there is Wall vs. De'Aaron Fox, the fourth overall pick. Fox also went to Kentucky and, like Wall, is 6-foot-4 and known for his speed.
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