Highlights: Defense clamps down, Warriors extend win streak
Klay Thompson scored 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting, including 6-for-9 from behind the arc, in the Warriors' win over the Wizards Sunday. (AP)
Five players scored in double figures as the Warriors used an astonishing third-quarter rally to fuel a 112-96 win over the Wizards on Sunday at Verizon Center.
The victory pushed the Warriors' win streak to nine – their best since December 1975 – and gave them a 5-0 record on the current road trip. The Dubs also moved atop the Pacific Division, where they have not been at this point of the season since March 1992.
Shooting guard Klay Thompson led the way with 26 points, with power forward David Lee adding 21. Center Andrew Bogut (15 points), point guard Stephen Curry (14) and small forward Harrison Barnes (13) accounted for most of the remaining scoring.
Bogut was, in addition to his season-high offense, a massive factor elsewhere, finishing with 11 rebounds, four blocks, two steals and two assists in 26 minutes.
The Warriors moved to 18-3 with their regular starting lineup – Bogut, Lee, Andre Iguodala, Thompson and Curry.
STANDOUT PERFORMANCE: Thompson and Bogut share the Game Ball for this victory. They combined to score 16 of the Warriors' first 22 points and were key contributors to the third quarter rally.
There also were continued signs of Barnes coming out of his weeks-long funk. In addition to 15 points (on 4-of-6 shooting), the second-year forward added five rebounds and two assists.
TURNING POINT: With the scored tied 58-58 at the half, the Warriors opened the second half with an 13-0 run to take a 71-58 lead with left in the third quarter. They used a 30-5 run to extend the lead to 88-63 with 2:56 left.
The Warriors outscored the Wizards 34-15 in the quarter, taking command with a 92-73 lead entering the fourth.
INJURY UPDATE: Forward Draymond Green left the game early in the fourth quarter with what appeared to be a lower leg injury. He will be evaluated and his status is still to be determined. Centers Jermaine O'Neal (right wrist surgery) and Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) are out indefinitely.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors (23-13) head for the frigid air of the upper Midwest, where on Tuesday they meet the Milwaukee Bucks (7-26, worst record in the NBA) at Bradley Center.