Final Score: Wizards 88 Warriors 85
Lose to the Jazz on Saturday? Check. Beat the Warriors on Tuesday? Check. It may not make any sense, but the Wizards got a big, big win at the Oracle, taking down the Warriors 88-85. John wall hit the big shot, sinking a three with about a minute and a half to go and the game tied at 85 all, and those would be the final points of the game. The Warriors had the final possession, but Ariza played lock down defense on Curry, forcing him into an off hand three which was way off the mark. The Warriors, who average 104 points per game and shoot 45% from the field, were held by the Wizards to just 85 points and 37.5% shooting. The Warriors were also coming off one of their biggest wins of the year, a 15 point victory over the Blazers.
The Wizards won three key battles in this one, rebounding, three point shooting and turnovers. The Wizards outrebounded the Warriors, the third best rebounding team in the league, 56-47, led by Gortat with 12 and Ariza 11. They outshot the Warriors from long distance, the fourth best three point shooting team in the league, 45.5% to 30.4%. Finally, in a game which was played sloppily by both teams, the Wizards committed one fewer turnover than the Warriors.
Bradley Beal had just two points in the first half, but he got hot in the second. Beal had 18 second half points, shooting 4/7 from beyond the arc in the game. Nene had 16 points and seven boards and John Wall had 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. The Warriors were led by Steph Curry with 23 points, but he did it on just 8/23 shooting.
The Wizards are back in action Wednesday night against the Clippers, with another chance to get over .500. - Jacob Raim
Checking in for a pregame update as we get ready for #WizWarriors tonight from Oracle Arena. A 10:30 start time, so I hope you can stay up late with us and join the Live Chat throughout the night.
If you missed it earlier, Glen Rice has rejoined the team here in Oakland and will be active tonight for the Wizards. He lit it up in three games for the D-League's Iowa Energy, averaging 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.7 blocks in 36 minutes per contest.
He wasn't a staple in the rotation before he got hurt, so we'll have to wait and see how Randy Wittman plans on using the rookie guard now that he's back.
Jan Vesely will also be available, he missed yesterday's practice with the flu. He also has been in and out of the rotation, so he could also be a healthy scratch tonight.
The matchup that has everyone talking comes at the point guard position, though the off-guard battle won't be too bad either. John Wall vs. Steph Curry. Bradley Beal vs. Klay Thompson. Does not get much better than that.
Randy Wittman spoke a bit about that battle and about what it will take for the Wizards to get a win tonight:
The Wizards have gone 8-3 over their last 11 road games and are 1-1 on this current trip, with a win in Phoenix and a loss in Utah.
The Warriors had lost two straight home games to the Pacers and Wolves, but just blew out the Blazers, 103-88, here at Oracle on Sunday evening. Steph Curry went off for 38 points, eight assists, and seven boards in the win.
The Warriors have won six straight against the Wizards, dating back to April, 2010.
In their last meeting in DC, the Wizards played right with the Warriors in the first half, but a 34-15 run in the third quarter put the Wiz out of reach. The Wizards look for payback tonight in Oakland!
After a couple of days off, we're back in action tonight as #WizWarriors kicks off at 10:30pm back east from Oracle Arena.
As noted in "
Best of the West
," this next week will be about as tough a stretch as you'll find in the NBA. Five of the top six teams in the Western Conference, starting with the Warriors and Clippers out west, and then home for the Thunder, Blazers, and Spurs.
The good news is that we won't have to worry about the Wiz overlooking any opponents or taking any of them lightly. They know they'll need to come out and play at a high level if they want to win any of these next five.
Randy Wittman said they'll need to bring their "A" game:
All the talk tonight is about the two backcourts, which many refer to as the two best young backcourts in the league today.
John Wall and Bradley Beal will have their hands full trying to slow down the sharp-shooting Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. The Warriors backcourt mates rank number one and two in the NBA in 3-point field goal attempts and will launch at anytime from anywhere. Wall talked about Curry adding more to his game this year, which makes him such a tough guard to defend:
On the other side, Curry and Thompson will have a tough time trying to slow down Wall & Beal, as they too can cause problems for opposing defenses. Wall may not be the 3-point shooter that the others are, but there's no question he's the quickest of the bunch and uses that speed to both score and setup his teammates.
Both of these duos will be able to score, the game may come down to which backcourt can defend the other.
We'll check back in from the arena during pregame warmups and then start the Live Chat at 10:30 ET / 7:30pm PT.