WASHINGTON – – After a four-point first half that was shocking by his recent standards, Stephen Curry faked Alex Len and tried a wide open lane float that slammed over the edge. He slapped his hands in frustration as he ran onto the field.
A minute later, he tried another float that Len swept away.
After a historic race in which he scored 78 3 points, most in a streak of 11 games In NBA history, Curry was finally having a bad night, and it happened Wednesday night as the Golden State Warriors closed a five-game trip with a 118-114 loss to Washington.
Guarded primarily by Russell Westbrook, Curry was freezing early and chilling late, and Bradley Beal rallied the Wizards to their sixth consecutive, best-of-the-season win as Washington welcomed fans for the first time in addition to a year.
Curry, who passed Beal for the NBA lead, had 18 points on 7 of 25 shots, including 2 of 14 of 3. He had not scored less than 32 points in a game since March 17.
“It was a great race. It was something that hadn’t been done before, and it was going to end at some point, ”Curry said. “Now you have to start another one.”
Beal scored 29 points as the glamorous game with Curry mostly fell through until Washington fell 11 points in the fourth quarter. He hit his chest after scoring on a practice with 2:44 left and a sixth foul on Draymond Green. Beal converted the game to three points to bring Washington down to less than one, and he found Davis Bertans for a 3-point pointer that put the Wizards in the lead for good with 2 minutes remaining.
Westbrook had 14 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists, a season-high. The triple-double was his 27th of the season and 173rd of his career, second behind Oscar Robertson’s 181, but coach Scott Brooks was more grateful for Westbrook’s defense.
This is the thing Russell probably won’t get much credit for, but he did a great job keeping him, putting pressure on him, making him take some tough punches. It wears her out, ”Brooks said. “Every once in a while an incredible player like Steph will have an offside game, and Russell has a lot to do with that.”
Kelly Oubre Jr. led Golden State with 24 points in his second game in Washington, and the first with the Warriors, since the Wizards traded him to Phoenix in December 2018. Jordan Poole added 22 points and hit back to 3 point back. Halfway through the fourth quarter, the Warriors were up 11.
Curry started 2 for 13 from the floor and 0 for 7 from 3 points before making a layup and a 3 in a 21-second span to roll Golden State halfway through the third quarter. But he wasn’t consistent enough to delay Beal and Westbrook. His last 3-point attempt right away with 1:17 remaining wasn’t even close.
Fighting for a Western Conference playoff berth, the Warriors went 3-2 on their trip, also losing a close game in Boston despite Curry’s 47 points.
“I think it could easily have been a 5-0 trip, but yeah, tonight we definitely lost a game we should have won,” said Green. “It’s never good.”
The Wizards lost rookie Deni Avdija with a frightening right ankle injury late in the first half. The 20-year-old Israeli lay on the ground for several minutes before being taken away in a wheelchair. The Wizards haven’t provided any details about the injury after the game, but Brooks would not rule out Avdija’s return this season.
Reserve center Daniel Gafford had his best game for the Wizards since being acquired in a trade with Chicago, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Bertans also scored 19 points and Raul Neto had 18.
The District of Columbia agreed last week to allow 10% capacity at Capital One Arena, which works out to 2,100 per game.
Half of the seats in the lower bowl remained covered in blue plastic, and masked fans were sprinkled on all levels. Among the participants were 100 invited frontline health workers. The hosts and dancers virtually entertained fans and the national anthem was pre-recorded.
Beal took a mic at mid-court to thank the fans before the tipoff.
Warriors: F Juan Toscano-Anderson remains in NBA concussion protocol. He sustained an injury and a tear to his head when he fell on the scorer’s table while diving to save a stray bullet in Saturday’s loss to Boston. Toscano-Anderson required more than 30 stitches, said coach Steve Kerr. … G Damion Lee sat down on Wednesday after Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid stepped on his left foot Monday night. Lee cracked his big nail, “and he had a lot of pain,” Kerr said. … Andrew Wiggins reached 10,000 points, the first Canadian-born player to reach this milestone. Steve Nash of Canada, with 17,387 points, was born in South Africa.
Wizards: F Rui Hachimura sat down for the second game in a row with a sore left knee. It stays hand to mouth, Brooks said.
Warriors: Play nine of their last 13 home games, starting Friday night against Denver.
Wizards: in Oklahoma City on Friday night. Washington beat the Thunder at home on Monday.
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