Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Just when the Warriors had their season under control, it seems to be going the opposite way without Stef Curry and now James Wiseman. The Wizards, short themselves, took advantage of the long-range shooting from Curry being out of the equation to battle hard to the end for a 123-115 to keep their playoff hopes alive.
One of the key notes in this game was that the Wizards never trailed for a single second in the game. They went up by nine in the first quarter and never looked back, with the lead even ballooning to 18 points late in the second quarter.
Corey Kispert continues to grow late in the season, and he led the charge from the beginning. Tonight, he broke Bradley Beal’s Wizards franchise record for most three-pointers in a rookie season early in the first quarter and just kept going. He finished with a career-high 25 points, 16 of which came in the first half.
“We need to keep this type of energy for these remaining games,” said Wizards Head Coach Wes Unseld Jr. Golden State is a very good team even without two of their best players this season. “They were able to mount a comeback as they have done numerous times this season, but with Kispert and Deni both on their game tonight, it was enough for us to get it done.”
Jordan Poole scored 26 for the Warriors. Klay Thompson contributed 25 and Andrew Wiggins had 23.
This is the fifth loss in the last six games for the Warriors. They currently sit 13 games behind the Suns in second place in the Western Conference. The loss tonight drops the Warriors to 48-27 on the season