The Golden State Warriors defeated the Washington Wizards 129-118 on Friday night, improving to 14-14 on the season. In Jordan Poole’s first game at Chase Center since the Dubs packaged him with Ryan Rollins, Patrick Baldwin Jr., and future draft picks during the offseason to acquire Chris Paul. While Poole scored 25 points, it was not enough to come away with a win against his former team.
The Warriors did stumble out of the gate, allowing the Wizards to build an early 8-point lead. However, once again, rookie big man Trayce Jackson-Davis turned the game around when he entered off the bench. The Dubs took a 26-24 lead in the final minute of the first quarter, their first of the game. They never trailed again. Jackson-Davis finished the game with his second consecutive double-double, racking up 10 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block in 24 minutes of action.
It was easy to see why the Wizards will likely finish this season with one of the five worst records in the NBA. Washington was able to maintain virtually no consistent defensive pressure on the perimeter, leaving Golden State plenty of open shots. Unsurprisingly, the Splash Brothers were able to take advantage of that weakness.
Steph Curry scored 30 points in just under 27 minutes of action (resting the entire fourth quarter) on 8-for-13 shooting from three while Klay Thompson added 20 points on 4-for-10 shooting from behind the arc. Rookie sharpshooter Brandin Podziemski was the only other Dubs shooter to make multiple three-point shots. Podziemski recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal in 29 minutes.
Podziemski and Jackson-Davis weren’t the only young players to make an impact. Jonathan Kuminga continued to capitalize on a more prominent role in the rotation while Draymond Green remains sidelined with a suspension. Kuminga made 9 of his 11 field-goal attempts, scoring 22 points in 27 minutes.
Chris Paul acted as a key stabilizing force off the bench as well, finishing a game-high +27 despite scoring just 4 points on 2-for-7 shooting alongside 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Dario Šarić added 13 points.
The Warriors will look to get back above .500 on the second half of a back-to-back tomorrow night when they host the Portland Trail Blazers at Chase Center. Opening tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 PM Pacific.