In the ten games before their most recent match-up with the Washington Wizards, the Warriors have been on-fire from the field. They had been shooting an amazing 50.5% from the field, and shot 41.3% from three.
The Warriors kept their hot-streak going against Washington on Sunday night. Stephen Curry was amazing right out of the gate — making plays that were simply jaw dropping.
That’s just mean, Steph 😂 pic.twitter.com/irdvm9AdhY
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 3, 2017
Bradley Beal also started the game strong with 13 points, and helped Washington stay competitive in the first quarter. John Wall was also looking to get teammates involved early on in the game.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 3, 2017
Curry and the Warriors could not be stopped offensively though. Curry made six threes in the first half, and led the Warriors to a ten point lead.
The Warriors came out very strong in the second-half as well and dominated offensively in the third quarter, scoring 39 points. The Wizards were sloppy all game with the basketball, and the Warriors made them pay, scoring 28 points off of the Wizards’ turnovers.
After being down 18 points in the third quarter, Scott Brooks decided to rest his starters for the whole fourth quarter. The bench was able to cut the lead to nine, five minutes into the fourth quarter, but Steph Curry ensured the Warriors lead was never truly in jeopardy. Curry finished with 42 points, going 9-14 from long range.
Curry also hit another milestone during the game with his 300th three point of the season.
Stephen Curry is the only player in NBA history with 300+ threes in a single season. He has now done so twice (he hit 402 threes in 2015-16)
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) April 3, 2017
Draymond Green was also excellent in this game, notching his 5th triple-double of the year.
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) April 3, 2017
The Wizards struggled on the Western Conference swing of their recent road trip, going 2-3 on the road overall, but only 1-3 out west. The Wizards must find a way to get better on the defensive end before the playoffs start. The effort to lock-in defensively has not been there on a night-to-night basis, and it must be, if they want to succeed in postseason play.
The Warriors have looked excellent the past few weeks without the services of Kevin Durant. Curry is playing at an MVP level again, Klay Thompson looks like his old self, and the role players are stepping up and showing a playing resemblense from the last few years. Integrating Durant back into the fold is going to be a difficult challenge for Steve Kerr so late into the season.
Player of the Game: Stephen Curry (42 points, 8 assists, 9-14 from three)
Honorable Mention: Draymond Green (11 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists)