Going into the Golden State Warriors’ seven-game road trip, the pressure was on for them to take advantage of the weaker Eastern Conference and separate themselves from the .500 mark.
They’ve done that, and a little bit more.
With a 112-96 rout of the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on Sunday night, the Warriors (23-13) have now won nine straight games, including the first five games of the road trip.
Unlike their narrow comeback victory over the Hawks on Friday, the Warriors used a big spurt in the third quarter to put the game away early. Golden State opened the half on a 30-5 run after the game was tied 58-58 at halftime. By the end of the quarter, the Warriors held a 19-point lead.
The Warriors were led by 26 points from Klay Thompson, who was 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. David Lee and Stephen Curry both recorded double-doubles, but it was Andrew Bogut who made an unexpected contribution on the offensive end, scoring 15 points to go along with 11 boards and four blocks in just 26 minutes of play. He will never be able to his former self that he was in Milwaukee before injury, but tonight he showed he can still score.
Tale of the Tape
- Field Goals: 50.6% (43-85)
- 3-Pointers: 40.9% (9-22)
- Rebounds: 45
- Assists: 24
- Turnovers: 12
- Field Goals: 43.0% (37-86)
- 3-Pointers: 30.0% (6-20)
- Rebounds: 42
- Assists: 23
- Turnovers: 13
Bench Struggles Continue
Quite possibly the only downside during this win-streak has been the continued struggles of the Warriors’ bench. Up 19 going into the fourth, the Wizards (14-17) went on a quick 8-0 run to begin the quarter, cutting the lead to 11. That forced head coach Mark Jackson to insert his starters back in, and didn’t take them out again until they had a 108-87 lead with three minutes to play.
Draymond Green suffered a sprained left ankle and is day-to-day, according to the Warriors. Green recorded three points and one rebound in eight minutes. He departed for the locker room with 10:38 left in the game.
Good to Know
The #Warriors have not won as many as nine games in a row in a single season since 1975. Digest that. It’s about to happen.
— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) January 6, 2014
Highlight of the Night
Stephen Curry with an off-the-backboard alley-oop to Andrew Bogut, part of a 30-5 run in the third quarter:
The Warriors are now 18-3 with their #FullSquad.
What’s On Tap
Golden State travels to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks on Tuesday. Andrew Bogut will face his former club as the Warriors look to make it 10 straight wins.