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Curry’s unconventional 38 points leads Warriors past the Wizards 126-118

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Curry’s unconventional 38 points leads Warriors past the Wizards 126-118

The Washington Wizards did a great job of containing the Golden State Warriors potent 3-point game. The Wizards held them to only 20 three point attempts. For instance, they held Stephen Curry to 2-8 shooting from deep, but he ended up leading all scorers with 38, as the Warriors defeated the Wizards 126-118.

Bradley Beal had a tough shooting game, with the Warriors defense focusing on him most of the game. He finished 8-22 shooting from the field, and only made one three pointer, but had 22 points. Trevor Ariza lead the Wizards with 27 points and Thomas Satoransky added a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists.

New Big Man on Campus

DeMarcus Cousins made his third appearance of the year for the Warriors. He finished with 17 points in 24 minutes. In the fourth quarter, he was visibly upset after Steve Kerr pulled him due to the Wizards going small. Cousins had been very effective on offense, but could not keep up on defense as the Wizards made a run.

He earned his first technical foul (in uniform) during the first, after getting tangled up with Thomas Bryant and giving the young center a little shove on the way down the court. Cousins is averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds since returning to the lineup.

Big Third Quarter

The Warriors have used the third quarter to put away opponents. They lead the NBA with over 30 points per third quarter. Last night was no different for the Warriors. They scored 37 points in the third quarter. The difference was that the Wizards also kept up with Golden State’s pace with 33 points. This exciting quarter also kept the 20,000 fans in the sell out crowd into the game.

The momentum transferred to the fourth quarter, when the Wizards shrunk the lead to two after a Chasson Randle corner three made it 108-106. It would not be enough as the Warriors went on a run to cap off the game. Andre Iguodala finished it with a three point dagger to extend the lead to 15 points with a little over a minute left.

Tale of Two Benches

The Warriors bench outscored the Wizards 34 to 20, led by Iguodala with 11 points and the for-mentioned three pointer. Each member of the Warriors bench only missed one shot, shooting 11-15 from the field. Kevon Looney was second on the team with 10 rebounds.

Otto Porter continued to come of the bench for the Wizards, and his play has been inconsistent. One game after scoring 19 points with four threes, he only scored 7 points in 34 minutes, going 0-7 from three. Randle did add 11 points for the Wizards, going 3-3 from deep.

Presidential photo-op

The Warriors met with former President Barrack Obama before the game. This comes after they have been very vocal about not meeting with the current President as they did last season. Curry is a well known golfing buddy with the former President, and is said to be the reason behind this impromptu meeting.

Current Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, U.S. representative from San Francisco, was also seen after the game with the Warriors. She met Draymond Green and even told him that she purchased one of his jerseys from a charity auction.

On the Road

The Wizards start a three game road trip starting in Orlando Friday night. These next few games will decide whether they will be buying or selling at the Feb. 7 trade deadline.

The Warriors continue their road trip with a prime time game versus the Celtics on ABC Saturday night. Then they finish their five game road trip on Monday at Indiana against the Pacers.

 

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