True to form, after a disappointing showing against a losing team in the Utah Jazz in the previous game, the Wizards came through to knock off the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena late Tuesday night. The Wizards (22-22) are back at .500 for the seventh time this season and are 2-1 on this four-game West coast road trip. Unlike the last time, when the Warriors went on a 30-5 run to start the third quarter to rout the Wizards earlier this month at Verizon Center, this was nip and tuck all the way. The Wizards ended a six-game losing streak to Golden State (27-19) in a game had eight ties and eight lead changes. The young backcourt matchup of Washington's John Wall and Bradley Beal vs. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson didn't materialize quite as expected. They combined for 20 of the game's 37 turnovers and shot 27-for-78, but it was a three-pointer by least likely of the group, Wall, with 1:28 left to break an 85-85 tie for the final points. Wall's defense was a difference-maker down the stretch, too. He fought over three screens by center Andew Bogut to deflect a pass from Curry that led to Trevor Ariza's breakaway layup for an 85-80 lead at 5:05. After the Warriors tied it on a three from Curry and a layup by David Lee, Ariza grabbed an offensive rebound on a missed shot by Beal to feed Wall as he stepped into the winning shot atop the three-point arc. Wall finished with 15 points on 6 of 19 shooting, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Beal led the Wizards with 20 points on 8 of 19, seven rebounds and four assists. He didn't make his first field goal until the last minute of the second quarter and scored the rest of his 18 points in the second half. Nene began by making his first five field goals and he ended 7-for-15 for 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block. Martell Webster had 10 points, Ariza nine points, 11 rebounds and three steals, and Marcin Gortat eight points and 12 rebounds.
Wizards beat Warriors, 88-85, to get back to .500
CSN Washington | Jan 29