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A late second half charge brought the Wizards to within a one possession game but in the end the Warriors held on for a 101-97 victory on Saturday night at Verizon Center.

The Wizards trailed most of the way but a pair of tough contested threes by Jordan Crawford left the Wizards down by 1. After a pair of Steph Curry free throws, Golden State elected to foul Beal up by three rather than let him try to tie the game. Beal made the first free throw and missed the second intentionally where he got his own rebound but just couldn't convert. Landry then converted a pair of FTs to put the Warriors up by four and seal the game.

Free throw shooting and rebounding let the Wizards down as they shot 60.9% from the stripe and were out rebounded 57-37 by Golden State. Crawford led the Wizards in points, rebounds and assists with a line of 22, 7 and 8. Cartier Martin tied his season high with 14 points, Beal had 17, and Seraphin had 14. For the Warriors, David Lee had a double-double with 24 points and 17 rebounds, Klay Thompson had 23 points and Stephen Curry had 22.

The Wizards are back in action Tuesday night in New Orleans.


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Points: 9
Rebounds: 6
Assists: 3

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Points: Jordan Crawford - 22
Rebounds: Jordan Crawford - 7
Assists: Jordan Crawford - 8
Blocks: 4 Tied - 1
Steals: 3 Tied - 2

On Last Play:

“Everyone was telling me to miss the shot and I looked at coach and he told me to make the first one and miss the second. It was kind of a lane violation on my part so I was hesitant to go in. I should have made the lay up, it was a clean shot.”

On the team’s current adversity:

“The lineup is getting smaller and smaller. The bench is going to have to step up and play more minutes because there is no way that we can play 48 minutes. Cartier (Martin) stepped up and played well but he’s not the only one who has to do it. Shaun (Livingston) is going to have to step up at the point and we are going to have to back them.”
On A.J. Price’s injury:

“It’s tough to see another teammate go down and unexpected. Hopefully we can pull together for him.”

On his scoring:

“I mean it’s really common sense. When we are in scoring droughts you know I’m a scorer so I don’t want to put that pressure on myself but that’s how it goes.”
On his injury:

“I knew I hurt myself right away when I came down. I was going to try and play through it, but when it came to the next possession and trying to throw the cross-court pass, I couldn’t get anything behind it. I figured if I can’t pass, I’m just going to hurt my teammates. I’ll bounce back. It’s not season ending or anything like that. I’ll have to keep my head high. I’ll have a chance to be back.”

On his opportunity with the Wizards:

“It’s been all I can ask for. Coach Wittman has given me every opportunity to come out here and try to prove myself and show what I can do. I’m grateful for that.”
On the close finish:

“We haven’t had a lot of them. I give our guys credit. We withstand losing A.J. early in the game, fighting back a couple times from 10, 12 down. Again, to put ourselves in a position to win. I think really the big difference obviously tonight being we got hammered on the boards. Those second chance points, an 11-point difference there. And a close game. And free throws. You get to the line and give nine away there. So, different reasons why you lose close games.”

On A.J. Price’s injury:

“He’s got a fracture. It’s not displaced or anything, so that’s a good thing. He’ll have to go see a hand specialist, probably on Monday. He’s going to miss some time.”