By: Ben Leonard
To the dismay of the Washington Wizards, the qualms about Stephen Curry’s ankle injury that kept him out of Sunday’s contest might have just been premature. The All-Star guard stormed back from his injury on Tuesday, looking more than alright in the Warriors’ 114-107 victory over Washington.
Curry scored a game-high 32 points in his return, pacing the Warriors in a close game. His efforts, including 11 of 18 shooting and eight assists, gave Washington their fourth straight loss. Despite being out-rebounded as a team by a whopping 45-29 margin, Curry proved to be too much for the Eastern Conference’s fifth seeded team. Endurance was not an issue for Curry, playing in 34 minutes just two days after not playing against Indiana. Fellow All-Star Klay Thompson also got in on the action, scoring 17 points and forcing five steals.
Leading the way for Washington down low was Marcin Gortat, who pulled down 11 boards, making Andrew Bogut look bad in the low post. Bogut scored just two points in 20 minutes of action, grabbing only two rebounds. Gortat and the Wizards were also buoyed by the efforts of Paul Pierce, who scored 25 points, including 18 in the second half.
Despite the Warriors’ best efforts, the Wizards were still able to hang around in the closing minutes of the game. The Wizards cut Golden State’s lead to 102-99 in the closing minutes, but were unable to pull back after Andre Iguodala’s three pointer on the ensuing possession.
With the victory, the Warriors moved to 33-3 with the full squad starting lineup of Curry, Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Bogut, and Draymond Green. They will move on to Cleveland to play LeBron James and the surging Cavaliers on Thursday, who have won 8 of their last 10 and are 21-9 this season at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors took the squads’ first meeting this season, winning 112-94 in the comfort of Oracle Arena.
Cover Image: By Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA (Stephen Curry) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons