Golden State turns focus to better defense

Golden State turns focus to better defense
January 27, 2014, 2:00 pm
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The last time the Wizards met the Golden State Warriors, it was earlier this month at Verizon Center and they were steamrolled by an avalanche of offense. Golden State opened up a close game with a 30-5 third-quarter run to put that to rest. Now, the Warriors are working on being a better defensive team, too.

Tuesday, the Warriors (27-18) will face the Wizards at Oracle Arena in Oakland with renewed focus (CSN, 10:30 p.m. ET). They'd lost four of five games, allowing 123, 127, 102 and 121 points. Sunday, however, they knocked off the Portland Trail Blazers, one of the best teams in the NBA, by holding them to 88. 

"We have been playing well, defensively," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said after the game. "We've been scoring the basketball. We have no problem with that. We've been out of sync (defensively). ... The good or great teams make sure that it does not become a stretch or a prolonged period of time where you're playing that way. We're not satisfied."

Will they have the same intensity for the Wizards (21-22), a team that has been skittish all season and one that they defeated by 16 points on Jan. 5? They've proven beatable at home with a 13-7 mark. 

This is the third game of a four-game West coast trip for the Wizards, who are 1-1 after back-to-backs in Phoenix and Utah. They've had two days' rest and are 4-2 in such situations. When they have more than two days between games, they're winless.