Wizards Vs. Warriors: JaVale McGee's Career Night Couldn't Lift Washington

The undermanned Wizards could not stand up to the Warriors down the stretch despite a career night from JaVale McGee.

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Wizards Vs. Warriors, Final Score: JaVale McGee Scores Career-High, But Monta Ellis Buries Washington 114-104

The Wizards will still be looking for their first win of this five-game road trip when they close out the West Coast swing in Utah on Monday. Washington wilted against to Golden State, falling by a score of 114-104 despite a career night from JaVale McGee.

McGee set a career high in points with 28 and tied his career high with 18 rebounds. He had five blocks and made 10 of 11 free throws.

Despite McGee's efforst, the Wizards have now lost 10 straight road games. Get ready to hear about the 1990-91 Kings -- the only team to win just one road game in an NBA season -- before every road game from now on. The good news: Utah has lost its last five games. The bad news: Those games were all against teams above .500, and a home game against Washington is just the type of medicine the Jazz need. Ask the Warriors.

Monta Ellis put on a clinic on Sunday night, finishing with 37 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds. And while David Lee helped facilitate McGee's big night, he also managed to out-duel him, contributing 33 points and 12 boards to help the Warriors cause.

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Wizards Vs. Warriors: JaVale McGee's First-Half Double-Double Stakes Wizards To 67-64 Lead At Half

In a land of with no big men, JaVale McGee is king. The 7-foot McGee has abused the Warriors front court for a first-half double-double, and the Wizards lead by a score of 67-64.

McGee used his size to amass 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Basically, the half can be summed up by this picture from @WashWizards:

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Still, it's a laudable effort for McGee. One does not simply generate those stats just by being seven feet tall. For example, McGee had five points and six rebounds the last time these teams tangoed on March 2.

If the Wizards are going to hold on to this lead, containing Monta Ellis would be a good place to start in the second half. Ellis already has 25 points and could shoot the Warriors to victory on his own should both teams continue to perform with this level of disinterest in defense.

In the first half, the Wizards shot 55 percent from the field. The Warriors shot just 47 percent from the field, but hit seven three-pointers to keep it close.

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Wizards Vs. Warriors: John Wall, Washington Still Winless On Road Trip

This has been another disappointing road trip in a season filled with them for Washington. But this Wizards vs. Warriors matchup could change that, if John Wall and Co. can find their second road win of the season against Golden State.

Monta Ellis, Steph Curry and the Warriors are out of the Western Conference playoff picture and recently lost six straight games in which they allowed at least 100 points. Then again, the Warriors topped the Wizards 106-102 in D.C. on March 2, and are coming off an 138-130 (!) win against the Raptors.

Once again, the Wizards road losing streak is providing an exciting (depressing?) story line, as Washington hopes to avoid becoming historically futile. This time, the Wizards are in danger of joining the 1990-91 Kings as the only two teams to win just one road game in a season. Washington has six more chances to get that done, and the best chance is when they visit the Cavaliers on the last game of the season. Cleveland is the site of Washington's lone road win, which we all remember fondly.

Of course, all that is moot if the Wizards win Sunday night against Golden State.

Read more about the Wizards at Bullets Forever and check out the view from the other side with our friends at SB Nation Bay Area.

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