The Golden State Warriors scored a season-high 120 points on the Wizards on Monday night, cruising to a comfortable 20-point win. The Warriors were on fire in the first half, hitting eight of ten attempt from behind the arc and racing out to 41 points in the first 12 minutes. Golden State finished the game shooting an amazing 65 percent from three-point range and the Wizards simply could not keep up, never really challenging in the second half.
John Wall nearly had a double-double in the first half alone, and finished with 14 assists as the sophomore point guard continues his improved play. Wall got the better of Kyrie Irving on Friday night, and finished with 20 points on just 10 attempts from the floor against Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry on Monday. Nick Young had 25 points off the bench in just 26 minutes for Randy Wittman, but the defensive stops were simply not there.
Washington will now host Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, who will be on the second night of a road back-to-back on Wednesday night.
After one half at Verizon Center, the Washington Wizards trail the Golden State Warriors 65-51. The Warriors were absolutely on fire early, and have hit eight of ten three-pointers through the first 24 minutes. The Wizards gave up a whopping 41 points in the first quarter - more than any other this season. As a team, Golden State is shooting 61 percent from the floor. The way tonight has gone on the offensive end, you'd think Don Nelson still coaching in the Bay Area. Monta Ellis leads all scorers with 19 points for GSW.
The Wizards were able to cut into the 17-point first quarter deficit slightly in the second, holding the Warriors to only 24 points. John Wall, coming off an impressive performance against fellow No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving, had a spectacular first half. He finished with a team-high 12 points but most importantly, facilitated the offense and dished nine assists. With little defense on either end, it should be an exciting second half in Chinatown.
The Washington Wizards are looking for some momentum, and a Monday night week win over the Golden State Warriors would be a big step in the right direction.
Washington pulled out a three-point win over the Cavaliers on Saturday night. A win at home on Monday night would give them back-to-back wins for just the second time this season. They could be meeting the Warriors at just the right time, as Golden State is coming off a pair of losses and heading into the final game of a six-game road trip.