Instant Replay: Warriors take step in wrong direction

Instant Replay: Warriors take step in wrong direction
January 28, 2014, 9:45 pm
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The Warriors (27-19) have lost five of six and are now in seventh place in the Western Conference. (USATI)


OAKLAND – Two nights after the Warriors won a game with terrific defense, they lost one with brutal offense.

The Warriors (27-19) held the Wizards to 37.8 percent shooting but shot only 37.5 percent themselves in a pug-ugly 88-85 loss before a sellout crowd Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

Stephen Curry finished with a game-high 23 points, on 8-of-23 shooting. Klay Thompson added 13, shooting 5 of 17 and David Lee was the third Warrior in double figures, with 11 points on 2 of 10 shooting.

The five members of the Warriors' starting lineup collaborated to shoot 31.7 percent (19 of 60) for the night.

The Wizards (22-22) were led by the guard duo of Bradley Beal (20 points, seven rebounds and four assists) and John Wall (15 points, eight rebounds and five assists). Wall scored the game-winner, nailing a 3-pointer with 1:28 to play.

Continuing a recent trend, the Warriors were outrebounded 56-47 – though center Andrew Bogut hauled in a game-high 14.

The Warriors have lost five of their last six games.

: Curry led the scoring, but the closest thing to a bright spot was the oft-maligned bench.

Four different players – Jordan Crawford, Draymond Green, Marreese Speights and Harrison Barnes – delivered 29 points and played with energy. Warriors' reserves outscored Wizards reserves 29-20.

TURNING POINT: With the scored tied 85-85 and 1:31 left to play, Trevor Ariza beat Bogut to the rebound of a missed jumper by Beal. Given a second chance, the Wizards got the ball to Wall, who nailed a 3-pointer for an 88-85 lead with 1:28 left.

The Warriors missed each of their three shots over the final 88 seconds.

INJURY UPDATE: C Jermaine O'Neal (right wrist surgery) is practicing but remains out indefinitely. C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and G Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain) are out indefinitely.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors on Thursday face the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena. The teams split two games earlier this season, each winning at home. The Warriors have won the last four meetings in Oakland and 14 of the last 16. They have not lost a season series to the Clippers since 2005-06.

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