After a troubling loss to Philadelphia the Washington Wizards bounced back in a big way grabbing their first win against Golden State in 1,127 days with the game finishing 112-108.
The loss may have been disappointing for Golden State but the real concern lies with Kevin Durant; the all-star forward limped off the court after two minutes of play and never returned. The incident occurred when Marcin Gortat and Zaza Pachulia were battling for position underneath the basket. Gortat tossed Pachulia to the ground and he landed awkwardly on Durants leg. There is a video of the incident here.
At this point we only know that Durant suffered from a hyper-extended knee and Warriors fans will have to remain patient as they anticipate the MRI results to find out more. Ethan Strauss from ESPN tried to calm the fan base a little with some optimistic information.
I'll caveat the hell out of this, but a source who's been good with injury prognostications on his best Durant guess: pic.twitter.com/XtDYEoGv8Q— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) March 1, 2017
As for the game itself the Warriors had to battle back from an early deficit which was so severe at one point it looked like it was going to be a blow out. After erasing the 19-point deficit, the Warriors finally took the lead and there was a glimmer of hope; they finally looked like themselves again.
Warriors took first lead in this game with 2:10 left in 3rd q... That's 2nd-longest amount of time for them to get first lead this season— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 1, 2017
The fourth quarter had over ten lead changes; in the end the Warriors appeared to run out of steam.
With 17 seconds left in the game Otto Porter Jr managed to draw a foul and get himself to the free throw line, but it was Markieff Morris who sealed the deal making both of his free throws after Curry missed the potential game winning shot. With this win the Wizards are now 35-23 on the season with the Warriors moving to 50-10,meaning that we definitely won't see a repeat of last years regular season record (which should come as a surprise to absolutely no one).
Curry lead the Warriors in scoring with 25 points on 45% from the field and 22% from deep and also chipped in seven rebounds, four of which were offensive rebounds.
Draymond Green was his usual self impacting the game in every way possible; he netted 14 points, 14 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block while shooting 54% from the field and making two out of his three attempts from deep.
Meanwhile Bradley Beal led the Wizards in scoring with 25 points and John Wall tied his career high in assists finishing with a line of 12 points, 19 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.
This was a close game and the Warriors certainly didn't lose due to a lack of effort or intensity. The five-game road trip continues for the Warriors with a game against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, where they'll hope to get off to a better start. Curry will be looking to break out of this shooting slump after making two out of twenty three point attempts in the last two games.