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Game Preview: Warriors at Wizards - 2/28/18
The Warriors continue their road trip on Wednesday against the Washington Wizards.
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Warriors road trip continues in Washington D.C. on Wednesday against the Wizards. This will be the second and final matchup between the two teams this season, after Golden State edged the Wizards 120-117 in their only prior encounter back on October 27th. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and ESPN, or listen to Tim Roye with the call on 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network.
LAST TIME OUT
Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry all topped the 20-point plateau in Golden State's 125-111 road win over the Knicks on Monday night. Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|2nd in West||4th in East|
|PTS: 116.2 (1st)||PTS: 107.4 (10th)|
|REB: 44.2 (12th)||REB: 42.8 (20th)|
|AST: 30.6 (1st)||AST: 24.7 (4th)|
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and JaVale McGee
WAS: Bradley Beal, Tomas Satoransky, Otto Porter Jr., Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat
THIRD QUARTER MAGIC
The first half of Monday’s game against the Knicks may not have gone the way the Warriors would have liked, but ultimately it didn’t matter, thanks to their ol’ trusty third quarter. For whatever reason, Golden State continues to be thoroughly dominant in the first 12 minutes following halftime, and that was certainly the case in the win over the Knicks. The Dubs turned a one-point halftime deficit into a runaway victory by outscoring New York 39-18 in the third frame, including a 16-2 run to start it. It marked the seventh time this season the Warriors have outscored their opponent by at least 20 points in the third quarter.
|PTS: Curry (26.7)||PTS: Beal (23.7)|
|REB: Green (7.8)||REB: Gortat (7.9)|
|AST: Green (7.3)||AST: Wall (9.3)|
WASHINGTON SCOUTING REPORT
The Wizards appear headed to the playoffs for the second-straight year, but they’ll likely have plenty to play for going into the final week(s) of the regular season. With a record of 36-25, Washington currently sits in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game behind Cleveland in third, and 1.5 games ahead of Indiana in fifth. John Wall went down at the end of January due to knee surgery, but the Wizards have done a great job keeping their heads above water in his absence, going 8-3 so far in February. Bradley Beal leads the team in scoring and ranks 15th in the league with an average of 23.7 points per game, while Otto Porter has continued his development into an above-average two-way player in this, his fifth NBA season. In the only prior meeting between the Warriors and Wizards this year, Washington had the reigning champs on the ropes before Golden State came back in the final quarter of play to earn a three-point victory. Neither side can afford to lose ground in their respective conference playoff races, so expect a hard-fought game on Wednesday.