Instant analysis: Warriors 112, Wizards 96

Instant analysis: Warriors 112, Wizards 96
January 5, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Highlights: Warriors 112, Wizards 96

The Wizards were able to match the Golden State Warriors for two quarters, but in typical fashion they flatlined in the third quarter in Sunday's defeat, their third in a row and sixth in their last seven at Verizon Center in front of 17,390.

Golden State (23-13) won its ninth in a row, including five road games in that stretch, to match a franchise record set in 1975. 

In a loss here Friday, the Wizards (14-17) trailed by three at halftime to the Toronto Raptors, who went on a 25-8 run to open the third. 

Wizards center Marcin Gortat was pulled early in the period after taking an ill-advised shot and coach Randy Wittman didn't play him again. 

The Warriors had five players in double figures, led by Klay Thompson with 26, David Lee 21, Andrew Bogut 15 and 14 for Stephen Curry.

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John Wall and Nene had team-highs of 14 points for Washington, but only had 10 from Gortat, nine from Bradley Beal, eight from Trevor Booker and four from Trevor Ariza. 

Beal begin 4 of 6 shooting but then missed his last nine attempts. 

Turning point: Draymond Green's three-pointer to tie the score at 58 to enter the half was the start of a run that expanded in the third quarter. In all, the Warriors went on a 33-5 run as the Wizards' starters fell flat. The went 1-for-11 and the outcome was all but official at 92-73 entering the fourth. 

Best in show: Wall had a solid first half for the Wizards with 11 points, six assists, two steals and a block but couldn't get on track in the second half. He finished 4-for-11 shooting for 14 points, 10 assists and three steals. Just as important as his stats, he helped hold Curry to 5-for-17 shooting. ... Thompson was automatic with 16 points in the first half. Overall, he made 6 of 9 three-pointers. 

Key stat lines: The Wizards only made 6 of 20 three-pointers, but the Warriors weren't that much better at 9-for-22. Golden State had one more assist (24 to 23), one more turnover (14 to 13) and was just plus-three in rebounding (45-42), including minus-one on the offensive end (8-9). 

Early action: Chris Singleton has played sparingly of late, but he was inserted in the last 47 seconds. His three-pointer at the buzzer gave the WIzards a 36-28 lead entering the second quarter. 

DNP: Kevin Seraphin and Eric Maynor were the only players to not get off the bench. 

Around the bend: The Wizards will practice Monday before leaving later in the day to play at the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).

From the locker room: "Until we can learn to play through missed shots and not zap your own energy and the energy of your teammates, we're going to play like that. We're too much, right now, of a team of frontrunners where if things go good our energy level is really high. And when we don't make shots, the energy just zaps from our bodies. It's got to be almost the other way around. You've got to energize yourself through bad play. This game is a game of mistakes. The team that can play through mistakes and then obviously limit them and play through them usually wins." -- Wittman

"They had some good transition buckets in the first half. They're really good when they can steal  ... or when John Wall is pushing the ball up with the shooters and with their bigs on the floor. They're pretty darn good. We were able to keep them out of transition and defensively do a better job of talking and rotating over. Bogut had a few big plays, blocking some shots. And then we just got out and offensively I thought we made the game simple." -- Lee

"Teams have been coming out with more energy than we have starting the second half and we can't let that happen. We have to do a better job with that." -- Ariza 

"Our game offensively is what you guys are going to write about, but defensively we had a hell of a second half. We kept them under 40 points for the half after they scored 30-something in the first quarter. Defensively is what won that game tonight and is the reason we got to run out and make shots." -- Bogut.

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