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Road Warriors Win again in Washington

The Warriors win their 20th road game of the season with scrappy defense and another MVP performance from Stephen Curry.

Steph Curry with ease
Steph Curry with ease
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After sitting out Sunday's loss to Indiana, Stephen Curry wasted no time Tuesday night showing the basketball universe that his sore foot is nothing to worry about. Curry scored 13 of his game high 32 points in a tightly contested first quarter, and finished the game with 8 assists and zero turnovers. He added 5 three pointers in addition to his numerous high arching underhand floaters that always seem to find the bottom of the net.

Check out all of Curry's highlights against the Wizards here:

The Warriors aggressive defensive pressure resulted in the Wizards committing 17 of their 26 turnovers in the first half, thanks to one the best defensive lineups that coach Steve Kerr has played all season. With Andrew Bogut as the anchor the of the defense, guards Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston limited the Wizards pick and roll game thanks to the Warriors quickness and length. With every player on the floor standing at least 6'7" tall, the Dubs were able to switch every screen seamlessly without causing mismatches and on multiple occasions jumped the passing lane for a easy steal and dunk.

Although the Wizards committed a season high in turnovers, they kept the pressure on the Warriors by shooting 53.2% from the field and out-rebounding Golden State 45-29. Usually when a team as efficient as the Warriors force 26 turnovers, the game turns rather ugly, but this was not the case Tuesday night. On multiple occasions the Warriors missed point blank layups and had shots take an unfavorable bounce out of the basket. But Golden State owned the three point line by shooting 12 of 23 (52.2%) from long distance compared to the Wizards who only connected on 5 of 18 (27.8%) attempts.

Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green filled up the stat sheet as always by combining for 22 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals, while Klay Thompson added 17 points and 5 steals. Mo Speights scored 16 and David Lee grabbed 10 boards off the bench for the Warriors. As for Washington, Paul Pierce scored 14 of his team high 25 points in the 3rd quarter, including a sequence that took many of us back to 2008, as the Truth hit a tough fade away jumper over Harrison Barnes on one end, then hustled back on defense to send away the Black Falcon at the rim. Marcin Gortat chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds, while John Wall added 16 and 11 assists.

Pierce appeared to bang knees with Draymond Green and rolled over in pain while clutching his knee for the remainder of the final possession. It seems as though Pierce is fine, although he did need assistance from a couple of teammates to help him gingerly limp off of the court. The entire sequence reminded me all too much of Pierce's "injury" in game one of the 2008 NBA Finals.

Check out Pierce's highlights against the Warriors here:

The Warriors will travel to Cleveland on Thursday to face LeBron James and the new look Cavs.

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