By: Jeremy Hyman
The Warriors defeated the Wizards, 112-96, on January 5th at Verizon Center. John Wall and Nene led the Wizards with 14 points apiece. The game turned in the third quarter where the Warriors outscored the Wizards, 34-15. Full Recap
3-Point Party - These are two top-five 3-point shooting teams in the league based on percentages and both of these teams have the capability to change the course of a game with perimeter shooting. The Warriors' Steph Curry and Klay Thompson rank first and second in the league in three-point attempts and will shoot from anywhere on the court. The Wizards' Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, and Martell Webster are all at or above 40% shooting from beyond the arc. This game could come down to which team can make more of their 3-pointers tonight and conversely which team can defend the perimeter.
Finding a Way to Win at Oracle - Oracle Arena is one of the tougher buildings in the league for opposing teams to enter and leave with a win. The home team feeds off the energy from the crowd and the building tends to get loud. The Wizards last win at Oracle came in December, 2009 and the Warriors have won six straight over the Wizards overall. The Warriors are 13-7 at home this season, but the Wizards are 8-3 in their last 11 road games and will look to pull off an upset tonight in the bay area.
Wizards - Trevor Ariza scored 23 points on 6-10 from 3-point range on Saturday night in Utah. That was Ariza's sixth game with five or more 3-pointers in a game this season.
Stephen Curry - Steph Curry put up 38 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds in a blowout win over the Blazers on Sunday night. It's rare to find times of the year he's not hot, but that was an impressive game even for his high standards.
Garrett Temple - The Warriors' backcourt can be lethal and Garrett Temple may be asked to play a large role in trying to help defend some of their shooters. Temple's length can cause issues for guards so look for him to come off the bench and be a factor tonight.
The action kicks off at 10:30pm at Oracle Arena.
It's hard to find two players more fun to watch than tonight's point-guard battle, as John Wall and Stephen Curry square off against one another for the second time this season. Both are having career seasons and both should represent their conferences at the 2014 All-Star Game next month (Curry will start for the west, while the east reserves will be announced Thursday). Curry has always been a lights out shooter, but has seen his assists numbers skyrocket this season and is now second in the NBA in assists at 9.3 per game. Wall has improved on his shooting stroke and is playing the best basketball of his career. He leads all Eastern Conference point guards with 15 double-doubles.
John Wall goes in alone for the dunk.