Warriors Vs. Wizards: Nick Young Leads Comeback, But Washington Falls 106-102

Nick Young scored 20 of his 31 points in the second half, but his last-second three went begging and the Wizards lost their seventh straight game.

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Warriors Vs. Wizards: Nick Young Leads Comeback, But Washington Falls 106-102

With 5.9 seconds left and the Wizards needing a three to tie, they found the right player for the job. Nick Young had just buried a three-pointer -- his third of the quarter -- to make it a one point game before Stephen Curry extended the lead back to three on a pair of free throws. But Young misfired and the Wizards fell to the Warriors by a score of 106-102.

For a while it looked like Golden State would cruise to an easy win in Washington. The Wizards trailed by as many as 20 in the second half, but climbed back into the game late by holding the Golden State scoreless for four minutes down the stretch in the fourth quarter. It's the seventh straight loss for Washington.

Monta Ellis pulled up at the top of the key and buried a jumper with 1:45 remaining to stop the bleeding for Golden State, and extend the lead to 102-95. At the other end, Jordan Crawford cut the deficit to 102-99 on a dribble-drive and score.  Then Washington got the stop it needed on the defensive end in the form of a Dorrell Wright missed three-pointer. But they could not corral the rebound, which went out of bounds to the Warriors causing the Wizards to have to foul.

The Warriors backcourt of Ellis and Curry combined for 50 points in the win. The Wizards duo of Andray Blatche and Young bested them with 51, but could not finish off the win. Young really got going in the second half and finished with 31 points, while sporting a new hairdoo -- trading his afro for braids.


Warriors Vs. Wizards: Stephen Curry, Golden State Hold 62-53 Lead At Half

If the Wizards end their six-game losing streak against the Warriors and no one is there to see it, did it ever really happen? It might be a moot point with Golden State leading by a score of 62-53 after the first half.

Here's a photo from Bullets Forever editor and SB Nation DC overlord Mike Prada, who is at Verizon Center tonight.

Warriors Vs. Wizards

Good seats still available in section 205.

Those fans in attendance watched the a couple old foils rear their head against Golden State: free throws and rebounding.  The Warriors out-rebounded the Wizards, especially on the offensive end, where the Wizards held a 10-3 advantage. Golden State grabbed 31 rebounds to the Wizards' 18 total. Golden State also attempted 10 more free throws, hitting 11 of their 12 attempts.

Andray Blatche has played well against soft-ish interior defense, scoring 12 points on better than 50 percent shooting. Nick Young was able to take advantage of the smaller Monta Ellis early, posting up for a couple baskets and finishing with 11 points.

But the Warriors have gotten out in transition and shared the basketball well (14 assists). Stephen Curry leads all scorers with 15 points at the break.

NOTE: Josh Howard headed to the locker room with less than a minute left in the first half.


Warriors Vs. Wizards: John Wall, Monta Ellis Square Off in Washington

At long last, a winnable game for the Wizards. The Wizards have lost six consecutive games, falling most recently to a trio of title contenders, Miami, Dallas and Chicago. Tonight they face off vs. the Warriors, who themselves are losers of four straight.

The Wizards have yet to win after the All-Star break, and regressed against the Bulls, getting blown out 105-77, this after competing with the Heat and Mavericks. A loss to Golden State at home would send John Wall and co. tumbling further in the wrong direction as the season skids toward its end.

Washington will be without coach Flip Saunders tonight, who left the team to tend to a family emergency involving his mother, as reported by Marc J. Spears. Assistant coach Randy Wittman will coach the team against Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and the Warriors.

Also of note -- the Warriors are one team that has reportedly expressed interest in forward Al Thornton, who's contract the Wizards recently bought out.

Tonight we could see the first Wizards win since the All-Star break. But if it gets ugly, you could always read my Ode to Mike Bibby from earlier this morning. That aside, next time you're at the mall, guys -- look for Rashard Lewis. He will answer all life's questions.

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