NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Washington
(Tuesday, April 6th)
Final Score: Washington 112, Golden State 94
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - JaVale McGee set new career-highs with 25 points and 15 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards denied Warriors head coach Don Nelson an historic win with a 112-94 rout of Golden State.
McGee's previous bests were 20 points and 12 rebounds, and his performance helped keep Nelson at 1,332 career wins, which is tied with Lenny Wilkens for first all-time among NBA head coaches.
"I feel comfortable coming off the bench," McGee said. "I just feel like you need bench points more than you need starters points. So, it's just easy for me to come off the bench right now."
Nick Young added a season-high 29 points for the Wizards, who have won three of four following a 16-game losing streak. Shaun Livingston tied a career-high in points with 21, while Andray Blatche also had 21 in the win.
Stephen Curry tallied a team-high 27 points for Golden State, which had won two straight and four of six. The Warriors will have another good opportunity to give Nelson his record-breaking win on Wednesday, as the team travels to Minnesota to face the 15-62 Timberwolves.
The Wizards jumped out to a huge lead, scoring a season-high 40 points in the first quarter. Blatche scored six points during a game-opening 15-2 burst in the first three minutes, and the lead grew to 23-8 after a pair of Blatche free throws. The margin stood at 17 after one quarter
A Livingston basket extended the cushion to 51-29 with 8 1/2 minutes until halftime, and the lead reached 28 in the latter part of the quarter before an Anthony Morrow free throw cut the Warriors' deficit to 68-43 at the break.
"It was a game at halftime that was going to be very difficult to win," Nelson said. "We took our licks today. I wish I could have rested some guys more, but you have to have five guys on the court at all times. If I could have had three, I would have done it."
Golden State got only as close as 15 in the third quarter, and the Wizards ended the period ahead comfortably, 94-77. Washington led by double digits the rest of the way.
The Wizards set a season-high for first-half points...Golden State is a dreadful 6-32 on the road...Washington swept the season series, 2-0...Nelson was not among Monday's selections for the Basketball Hall of Fame...Livingston also tied a season-high in assists with eight...Corey Maggette added 20 points for Golden State...Monta Ellis sat out his fifth straight game with the flu.
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