Durant Leads Dubs to Win in D.C.
Warriors Win 4th Straight since Returning from All-Star Break
Kevin Durant had 32 points to lead the Dubs to a 109-101 victory over the red-hot Washington Wizards.
A two-point game at the half, the Dubs created some separation in the third quarter and held off a late Wizards rally on the way to their fourth straight win since returning from the All-Star break. With the win, the Warriors improve to 48-14 and are 24-7 both at home and on the road.
HOME SWEET HOME
Playing about 20 minutes from his childhood home in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, Kevin Durant stormed out of the gates. The reigning NBA Finals MVP had 16 of his 32 points in the first quarter, and he wound up shooting 12-for-20 from the field for the game.
This Durant homecoming had a bit of a different tone than the last one. A year ago to the day, Durant was injured in the opening minutes of a loss to the host Wizards, and he’d go on to miss the next 19 games. This time around, he started off hot and led the way all night for the Dubs.
“Just growing up here and having family and friends watching and supporting me means a lot to me. I’m glad I was able to get through this game. The last couple of years, I haven’t played,” he said.
MORE 3RD QUARTER MAGIC
There really is something incredible about the Warriors in the third quarter. Seven times this season the Dubs had out-scored their opponents by at least 20 points in the third quarter, and while they didn’t get that much separation, they did take control of the game coming out of the half. The Dubs opened the third quarter on a 17-4 run, punctuated by a ferocious slam from Draymond Green, who finished the game with 11 points and 11 assists for his 18th double-double of the season.
The Wizards then threatened a comeback, but the Warriors ended the quarter with an 8-0 spurt to take a 15-point lead into the final quarter. A key sequence in the period included the Warriors scoring five points in quick succession, as Stephen Curry stole a pass following a Durant dunk, and promptly knocked down a 3-pointer.
Curry, who finished with 25 points, knocked down four treys in the game, leaving him at 199 for the season. Assuming he makes at least one more 3-pointer, Curry will become the first player in NBA history to make at least 200 threes in six straight seasons. Thompson will join Curry in that category if/when he makes six more 3-pointers.
ANDRE OFF THE BENCH
Andre Iguodala tied a season high with 14 points to go with seven rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench. Iguodala was 4-for-5 from the field and 6-for-6 on free throws, and over his last eight games, he has shot 21-for-32 from the field and is a +84.
After winning their first two games on the current road trip, the Dubs will play one more game on the road before playing eight of their next 11 games at home. The trip will conclude in Atlanta on Friday in what will be this season’s first head-to-head meeting between the two teams.