Friday, November 23, 2007

Warriors Beat Wizards 123-115

The Warriors defeated the Wizards 123-115 tonight in Washington. This was one of the best games in the NBA to watch this season as both teams concentrated on offense and forgot about defense. This high-scoring thriller made fans harken back to the days when Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, and Julius Erving were in their prime in the 80's and shootouts were the norm. Baron Davis led the Warriors with a triple-double as he totaled up 33 points, 15 assists, and 11 rebounds. Caron Butler had a triple-double for the Wizards with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Butler made shots from all over the court and was hard to stop the entire game. The Warriors could have drafted Butler a few years ago in the draft but they chose Mike Dunleavy instead. What a bad decision that was as Butler made the All-Star team last season while Dunleavy turned out to be a shooter that can't shoot.

Helping out Davis tonight was Stephen Jackson as he dropped 28 points along with six there-pointers. Jackson started the game cold going 1-8 but got hot in the second half. Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 30 points and rookie Nick Young contributed with 18 points. The ever-improving Andray Blatche had 13 points and 8 boards before fouling out near the end of the fourth quarter on a Davis drive that sealed the victory for Golden State. The Warriors were up by four when Davis drove into the paint and made contact with Blatche. Blatche was called for the foul, and Davis made the shot over him as well as the free throw to give the Warriors a 120-113 lead.

The Warriors head to Philadelphia tonight as they play the 76ers tomorrow to cap off their seven day road trip. The Wizards head to Memphis tonight as they begin a four game road trip starting Saturday night.

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