November 16, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 47 Recap: Reigning MVP Stephen Curry too much for Wiz even with John Wall playing his best

The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors made their annual visit to the Nation’s capital tonight. In what seemed like an impossible matchup for the Washington Wizards, who have struggled to enter the playoff picture, John Wall was confident that the home team would have a chance if they started playing defense. Wall and company expected a “road game” atmosphere with the large influx of fans trying to see Stephen Curry play, similarly to Kobe Bryant‘s last hurrah in DC, but it was more that DC natives were simply in awe with the reigning MVP’s greatness.

It was indeed the Steph Curry show early as the shooting phenom lit up the first quarter with 25 points including seven circus 3-pointers. For all of their faults, the Wizards fought back to shrink a 15 point down to a single bucket. DC’s point guard finished the game with a season-high 41 points to go along with 10 assists, but will likely be be overshadowed by Curry (51 points, 7 rebounds, career-high tying 11 3-pointers) because of the outcome. Washington did not make enough layups or come up with enough stops late to be competitive as they well 134-121 in front of a capacity crowd.

(Photo by: @SportsCenter)

(Photo by: @SportsCenter)

Garrett Temple has recently struggled with his shot so it was nice to see him knock down his first shot, but then Stephen Curry took over. The reigning MVP made his first five 3-pointers and was 7, a career most for a quarter, of 8 from beyond the arc in the first. Curry was simply toying with the Wizards defense as he beat the likes of Wall, Temple, and anybody else acting head coach Don Newman through at him. As soon as Bradley Beal gave the Phone Booth something to cheer about with a drive and slam on Marreese Speights, Curry answered within seconds within three. The Davidson product has 25 points on a mere 10 field goal attempts in the first period of play giving Golden State a commanding 43-28 lead.

While Curry sat on the bench for the first half of the second quarter, Washington made things a little interesting. Golden State had eleven turnovers in the half and Washington was able to cut the deficit to nine after converting back-to-back in transition. Curry, with career high 36 first half points, was back to shredding the Wizards defense, but this time used their over aggressiveness on the perimeter to easily get to the hole. Behind 58.3 percent (28 of 48) shooting from the floor, the Warriors dropped 74 in the first half alone, most allowed by Washington since April 2011. John Wall tried his best to keep the damage to a minimum with 20 first half points, but a questionable charge call at the end of the half resulted in a four point swing and Washington headed to the locker room down 14.

Washington is quite a perplexing team. They are able to beat the likes of the Spurs and Cavs on the road and after playing the parts of fools in the first quarter, they had an extended 17-7 run to cut the Warriors deficit to two. Wall orchestrated the final nine points of the run with a dunk, 3-pointer, and two beautiful feeds to Marcin Gortat on the pick and roll. Unfortunately, Wall had to sit the final six minutes of the third quarter after picking up his fourth personal foul after clearing out Andre Iguodala on a rebound. Golden State went on a 10-0 run that secured them a 103-92 advantage headed to the final quarter.

The Wizards started the quarter with a 7-2 run to force a Steve Kerr timeout when the Warriors lead shrunk to six points. Former Washington guard Shaun Livingston carved up his old team with eight points in the first half of the fourth quarter. Curry got back to his sharp shooting ways by hitting his 11th 3-pointer of the game to put Golden State up by 11 with four minutes to play. Washington was unable to stop Steph’s dribble-drive penetration and allowed two more Klay Thompson 3-pointers on their way to a 134-121 loss.

Washington will have a good opportunity to pick up a victory at home on Friday when they face-off against the lottery bound Philadelphia 76ers (7-42). Randy Wittman is expected to return to the sidelines after taking a two-game leave to deal with the passing of his older brother Rick who passed away suddenly last Saturday morning.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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