Curry's 35 lift Warriors past Wizards, 101-92
- Article by: JOE STIGLICH
- Associated Press
- March 24, 2013 - 12:28 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Curry scored 35 points before injuring his ankle late in the Golden State Warriors' 101-92 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
Curry and backcourt mate Klay Thompson hit 14 of their 22 combined shots in the first half and totaled 53 points in the first game of a five-game homestand.
The Warriors, who hold a one-game lead over Houston for sixth place in the Western Conference, hope their victory didn't come at a cost.
Curry left the game with 6:03 remaining in the fourth quarter. He turned his right ankle, which has given him problems in the past, after he was fouled hard by Cartier Martin while driving to the hoop.
Martin led Washington with a career-high 23 points.
Washington came in riding high after a come-from-behind victory Friday night against the Lakers, but they didn't have the firepower to hang with Golden State, which shot 49.3 percent (37-75) from the field.
The game's most suspenseful moment came midway through the third quarter, when Wizards guard John Wall earned his second technical and was ejected after an altercation with Thompson.
Golden State shot 56 percent (24 for 43) from in the first half.
The Wizards struggled mightily on offense in the first half, hitting just 15 of 45 shots (33 percent).
Warriors coach Mark Jackson talked before the game about the importance of containing Wall, who he called "a one-man fast break." His team executed the plan, holding the explosive point guard to eight points and two assists in the first half.
Wall wasn't around for much of the second half, earning his second technical foul and an automatic ejection with 6:41 left in the third.
Thompson sent him to the floor with a forearm as both players pursued a loose ball. That was shortly after Thompson fouled him hard on a layup attempt. Wall got up and stood over Thompson, jawing at him nonstop.
The referees wound up charging both players with technicals, and Wall got an automatic ejection since had also earned a first-quarter technical for chirping at the refs.
The Wizards were within reach at 69-57 when he left, but their chances of a comeback went with him.
Golden State extended its lead once again as Andrew Bogut fed David Lee for a dunk, and then threw down his own slam on a long alley-oop from Curry. That made it 74-57 with 4:58 left in the quarter, and the Warriors commanded a comfortable 82-64 advantage heading into the fourth.
NOTES: Wizards forward Trevor Ariza missed the game with the flu and stayed at the team hotel. ... Washington did welcome back Emeka Okafor, who missed two games with the flu. ... Bradley Beal was out of the lineup for the eighth time in the past 11 games.
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