NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Washington
(Friday, November 23rd)
Final Score: Golden State 123, Washington 115
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Baron Davis recorded a triple-double with 33 points, 15 assists, and 11 rebounds, as the Golden State Warriors beat the Washington Wizards, 123-115, at the Verizon Center.
Stephen Jackson provided 28 points, including six three-pointers, for Golden State, which has won four of five. Kelenna Azubuike added 15 points, as the hot-shooting Warriors were 16-of-31 from beyond the arc.
Caron Butler recorded his first career triple-double for Washington, with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. But the effort was in a losing cause, as the Wizards had a six-game winning streak snapped. Antawn Jamison led the team with 30 points, and Nick Young chipped in with 18.
Up by just one, the Warriors went on a 10-3 run in the final two minutes to put the Wizards away. It started when Davis found Andris Biedrins open in the lane for an easy bucket, and Davis followed with a jumper on Golden State's next trip down court to put the Warriors up 117-112.
After Antonio Daniels made 1-of-2 free throws for Washington, Davis barreled into the lane for a layup, was fouled, and made the free throw for a 120-113 Warriors lead with just 38.6 seconds left. That proved to be the back-breaker, as Washington ran out of time for a comeback.
"(Davis) plays like that every night," Jackson said. "He's been carrying us since last year. I expect that from him every night. I'm one of his biggest fans."
In the first quarter, the Wizards had a few sizable leads, after the team's 9-2 run in the middle of the stanza. Jamison led the charge by netting seven points, and his layup and free throw capped the span, making the score 20-12 midway through the quarter.
But the Warriors almost immediately wiped that lead out with a 9-0 run of their own, ending with a Mickael Pietrus dunk to put Golden State ahead, 21-20. Washington ended up ahead at the end of the period, 33-30.
The same sequence occurred in the second quarter, as Washington got out to another set of leads. The Wizards led by 10 a little more than two minutes into the stanza, when Butler's layup put his team up 41-31.
Washington held that lead until midway through the quarter, when Golden State made three straight shots: a Pietrus three, an Monta Ellis layup, and an Austin Croshere three. Croshere's shot drew the Warriors within three, at 48-45, and the game remained tight.
Daniels hit a pair of free throws at the end of the half to give Washington a 61-60 lead at the break.
Golden State turned the tide in the third quarter, going on an 11-2 run with the game tied. Jackson was the driving force with a pair of threes and a jumper, which gave the Warriors an 81-72 lead midway through.
But Washington went on a 10-2 run over the final three minutes of the stanza, and Jamison's tip-in to cap the spurt cut the Warriors' lead to 90-89 heading into the final period of play.
Davis' triple-double was the seventh of his career...Butler's performance followed Washington's last game, when he scored a career-high 39 points in an overtime win at Charlotte...Washington center Brendan Haywood, who was questionable for Friday's game because of a sprained left ankle, played more than 21 minutes and scored eight points...Golden State improved to 3-1 on its current five-game road trip, and wraps it up Saturday in Philadelphia.
11/24 00:40:40 ET