Warriors Work Wizards

by Grant Paulsen

A flat start and a sharp-shooting adversary did the Wizards in on Monday night.

Washington squandered an opportunity to win back-to-back games for the first time since February and for just the second time all season, falling 120-100 in a blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Golden State put on a shooting clinic, connecting on 54 percent of its shots from the floor while knocking down 15-of-23 three-point field goal attempts. Monta Ellis paced the Warriors’ offense; scoring 25 points while dishing out 8 assists and grabbing five rebounds.

Third-year guard Stephen Curry, who has been recovering from a right foot injury, returned to the lineup to score 12 of Golden State’s 52 bench points.

There weren’t many highlights for a Wizards team that got out-worked, but point guard John Wall was able to assemble an impressive stat-line. Wall recorded his eighth double-double of the season and his third in his last five contests, contributing 20 points and 14 assists. He also added six rebounds.

The Wizards were minus-two in assists and minus-three in blocked shots. Washington also missed 16 free throws, shooting a miserable 55 percent from the free-throw line.

Golden State led by 17 points (41-24) at the end of the first quarter and out-scored Washington in three of four quarters. Six Warriors finished in double-figures and six different Golden State players drained a three-pointer.

Nick Young made 9 of his 14 shots to lead Washington with 25 points in 25 minutes off the bench.

The loss drops Washington to 8-29 on the season, the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference. Washington is now 5-15 at home, where the club will host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night

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