Stephen Curry yelled and screamed in the direction of the Wizards’ Garrett Temple after throwing down a rare one-handed dunk in transition. Earlier in the game, Curry got his layup attempt blocked by John Wall of the Wizards and this one-handed dunk in transition on Temple sent a message: He would not be denied this time.
Neither would the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors picked up their 67th win of the season, tying them with last season’s win total and their 53rd straight home win. This win also marked the second time that a team had won back-to-back 67 win seasons with the other being the ’95-’97 Chicago Bulls.
Stephen Curry finished with 26 points on an “off night” of 9-of-20 from the field, but 6-of-8 from beyond the arc and do-it-all forward Draymond Green finished just shy of a consecutive triple-double with 15 points, 16 rebounds, and 9 assists. Klay Thompson had 16 points on 7-of-19 shooting and Harrison Barnes had his fourth straight game of scoring double-digits finishing with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa were factors off the bench with 8 points and 6 points respectively.
The Wizards were more than game tonight against the champs controlling most of the second quarter before a 12-0 Warriors run had them down by three heading into halftime. Defensively, they forced Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson into being volume shooters and forced the Warriors into a dismal 43.7% shooting on the night. Offensively, they got many three-point play opportunities and penetrated the defense for those and-1 opportunities.
Bradley Beal was the leading scorer for the Wizards scoring 17 on 6-of-16 shooting and Markieff Morris had 15 points for the visiting Wizards team. Point guard John Wall had 8 points and 11 assists ending a 31-game streak of having scored double digits.
Golden State Warriors (67-7) @ Utah Jazz (37-37)
March 30, 2016
Golden State Warriors Writer