National Basketball Association
Golden State 120, Washington 100
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, March 5, 2012
WARRIORS 120, WIZARDS 100:
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
#23 Jason Phillips, #79 Kevin Scott, #40 Leon Wood
Monta Ellis scored 25 points and Golden State got a lift from the brief return of Stephen Curry as it snapped a two-game slide and handed Washington its seventh loss in the last eight games.
Ekpe Udoh scored 17 points and David Lee added 13 and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who broke out offensively after slumping with Curry on the bench.
Curry had played only three seconds in the previous four games after suffering a foot injury on Feb. 22 at Phoenix. The first-round pick came off the bench for 10 minutes on Monday and provided enough spark to get up to 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Golden State is normally one of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA but had been held to an average of 80.3 points over the previous four contests.
It was clear from the start that the Warriors were over their offensive woes, putting up 41 points in the first quarter to grab an early double-digit lead. Ellis, who added eight assists, scored 14 points during the period and Curry buried a 3-pointer on his first attempt.
Brandon Rush’s 3-pointer early in the second quarter pushed the lead to 51-26 and Golden State was never really threatened.
Washington, which had snapped a six-game losing streak against Cleveland over the weekend, has allowed 100 or more points in eight of its last nine games.
Nick Young scored 25 points off the bench to lead the Wizards.GAME NOTEBOOK:
Warriors center Andris Biedrins went scoreless in 10 minutes - the fifth straight game in which he has failed to record a point. … John Wall recorded 20 points and 14 assists for Washington. … Golden State went 15 for 16 from the free throw line while the Wizards shot only 20 for 36 from the stripe.
Top Game Performances
Monta Ellis 25
Nick Young 25
Monta Ellis 8
John Wall 14
David Lee 10
JaVale McGee 10
Ekpe Udoh 7
||Free Throws Made
John Wall 6
Monta Ellis 2
Jordan Crawford 3
Dominic McGuire 2
JaVale McGee 2
Team Stats Summary
Washington will play their next game at home against L.A. Lakers. The Wizards have a W/L % of .125 after a win and .241 after a loss.
Golden State will play their next game at home against Memphis. The Warriors have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .429 after a loss.