Although Stephen Curry won’t win the MVP for the third year in a row, he’s playing like one again. Sunday, he was the best player on the floor from start to finish as Golden State handed the Wizards their third consecutive loss to end a five-game road trip, 139-115 at Oracle Arena.
Curry (42 points, eight assists) seemingly made every shot regardless of difficulty as the Warriors (63-14) won their 11th game in a row.
The Wizards (46-31) finish the trip 2-3 and had trimmed the deficit to 55-53 with 2:11 left in the second quarter until a 12-4 run by Golden State put them up by double digits going into halftime.
John Wall (15 points, 11 assists) and Bradley Beal (20 points) led Washington but it couldn’t keep pace. Otto Porter (13 points, six rebounds), Markieff Morris (13 points) and Bojan Bogdanovic (20 points) also contributed.
Thompson (23 points) and Shaun Livingtson (17 points) helped Curry’s efforts, and Draymond Green (11 points, 13 assists, 12 rebounds) did everything else. Four other players scored at least eight points.
With five games left, the Wizards are now firmly planted as the No. 4 seed unless the Toronto Raptors (47-30), who own the tiebreaker as the No. 3 seed, trip up down the stretch.
--Wall had consecutive assists in the third quarter, one on a dunk for Porter and another on a spot-up three, to put him at 802. That moved him past Rod Strickland who had 801 in 1997-98.
--The second unit went on an 8-0 run to start the fourth, cutting what had been a 22-point deficit to 106-96 with 9:08 left. Tomas Satoransky, who hadn’t played in the previous three games, had a layup in transition to force the timeout by Warriors coach Steve Kerr. The second unit finished the game as it had trimmed it to 116-107 and the starters stayed on the bench.
--Kelly Oubre blanketed Thompson, who wasn’t a factor after he made a three-pointer to spot the Warriors a 6-0 lead. Curry made 7 of 10 threes to start so Oubre took the assignment on him in the third quarter but the game had gotten away. Thompson eventually got free and hurt them, too. Oubre only shot 2-for-11 and couldn’t make the Warriors pay for hiding Curry on him defensively during stretches.
--Porter went scoreless in the first half in missing all three of his shots. He opened the third quarter by scoring the Wizards’ first six point with a three-pointer and converting a three-point play.
--Beal played in his 73rd game to equal his career-high from his sophomore season. He has missed just four games because of a sprained ankle (one) and a thigh strain (three). Last season, the Wizards were one of the NBA’s most injured teams with Beal playing a career-low 55 games.
--Taking shots away from Curry and Thompson is a key to being able to beat Golden State. In other words, make other players do the job. Early on the Wizards got the right players to take the shots they wanted but Andre Igoudala made 3 of 4, JaVale McGee started 2-for-2, Livingston 5 of 7 in the first half when they scored 67 points.
--Marcin Gortat (seven points, three rebounds) continued to see his production dip as he only played 15 minutes and got up just five shots. Because Golden State plays so many small lineups, Ian Mahinmi (eight points, three assists) earned more time with 21 minutes. Daniel Ochefu played the final two minutes.
--Did Golden State try to run up the score? The Wizards didn't play any starters in the fourth quarter, and after they made a run and the Warriors were cruising ot a double-digit victory Curry remained. Green re-entered to get a basket for a triple-double. Angry at McGee for launching a three-pointer rather than running out the clock at the end, Brandon Jennings (nine points, seven rebounds) picked up a flagrant foul with a two-hand shove.
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