The Warriors not only lose game to the Washington Wizards, they lose Kevin Durant to an injury

February 28, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) walks to the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Washington. Durant hyperextended his left knee and exited the Golden State Warriors’ game at the Washington Wizards for good after all of 93 seconds Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Washington Wizards sent the Golden State Warriors down to their tenth loss of the season by a score of 112-108. The Warriors’ All-Star forward, Kevin Durant, had to leave the game just 93 seconds after the start of play in the first quarter. Durant, who was standing to the left of Zaza Pachulia was hurt when Pachulia crashed into his left knee having been thrown down by the Wizards’ big man Marcin Gortat. Durant winced when Pachulia hit him and a few seconds later hobbled off the court. He was diagnosed with a hyperextended knee, and an MRI was performed. Results of the MRI are not known at this time.

The loss of Durant appeared to affect the play of the Warriors. The Wizards were able to run up and down the court, and the Dubs didn’t seem to be able to stop them on defense. The Wizards’ Bradley Beal scored 16 points in the first quarter leading them to a 40-26 advantage after 12 minutes of action. The Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr, kept urging the team to stay calm and focused. They started to play better in the second quarter, but they were only able to cut just 2 points off the lead and trailed 61-49 at the end of the first half. Klay Thompson was the only Warrior in double figures. He tallied 11. Steph had 6, Pachulia 4, David West 6, Shaun Livingston 6.

With the score 63-49, the Dubs went on a 10-0run to trail by just 4 points 63-59. The Wizard regrouped and kept the lead until late in the quarter. The Dubs, for the first time in the game, took the lead 80-79. Washington responded and finished the third quarter with a 3-point lead 85-82. The two teams went at it tooth and nail in the final 12 minutes of play. Neither team could pull away. However, with the score 110-108 in favor of Washington, Steph missed a three-point shot. Washington controlled the ball, and the Dubs committed a foul. The two free throws were made and the Dubs were toast. The Wizards win 112-108.

Game notes and stats- The Wizards, under head coach Scott Brooks, were 18-3 in the last 21 games before the All-Star break. They lost to Philadelphia on the road and to the Utah Jazz at home on Sunday. The Wizards currently reside in first place in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference and are the third seed if the playoffs were to begin today.  The Warriors are now 50-10. Still, the best record in the NBA, and are the number one seed in the West.

Steph Curry led the Dubs with 25 points, 4 assists, and 7 rebounds. Klay Thompson had 16, Zaza added 12 and Draymond Green was the star of the night for Golden State. Green had another double-double with 14 points and 14 assists. He also pulled down 8 boards and had one blocked shot. Shaun Livingston knocked down 14. He Also blocked two shots. McCaw had 8, David West 7 and Andre Iguodala 4. The Wizards had six players in double figures. Beal 25, Markieff Morris 22, Otto Porter 14, Marcin Gortat 12, Bogan Bogdanovic 16, and John Wall had 12 and a career-high-tying 19 assists.

The Warriors shot 47% from the floor but just 28.6% from behind the arc. The Wizards shot 45.% from the field and 42.9% from 3-point range. The Teams were just about even in assists, steals,blocks, and turnovers. The Dubs face the Bulls in Chicago Thursday evening. Game time will be at 5 pm.



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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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