Warriors score 41 in 1st quarter of big win over Wizards

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Warriors score 41 in 1st quarter of big win over Wizards

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Warriors 120, Wizards 100Player of the game: Warriors shooting guard Monta Ellis had 25 points on 10-for-16 from the field and eight assists to help the Warriors end their five-game road trip with a victory.It was a season-high in points for the Warriors, who finished their trip with a 2-3 record.

Theres no magic about winning in this league, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. If you put in the effort an inside-outside attack and we defended. We paid attention to the script and this was a much-needed win.Key stretch: The Warriors had been having great difficulty in third quarters on the road trip. Through their first four games, the Warriors had been outscored by an average of 10 points in the third.
That was rectified against Washington. The Warriors outscored the Wizards 24-20 in the period, which may not sound like much, but it gave the Warriors an 89-71 lead heading into the fourth quarter.3-pointers return: Through the first four games of the road trip, the Warriors were awful from 3-point range. They had gone just 13-for-71 from beyond the arc (18.3 percent) against Indiana, Atlanta, Philly and Toronto.But they broke out in a big way against Washington, going 8-for-10 from 3-point land on their way to a 65-51 halftime lead.For the game, the Warriors went 15-for-23 (65 percent) from 3-point range.We havent shot the ball well the whole road trip, said Stephen Curry, who returned and played nine minutes. We just came out and played defense early and then saw a couple of shots go in and our momentum was back.Monster first: After scoring just 28 points in the second half against Toronto on Monday, the Warriors resembled a different team in the first quarter against Washington.The Warriors scored a season-high 41 points in the first quarter, taking complete control of the game. By midway through the second period, the Warriors led the Wizards by 25 points 53-28.Curry returns: Warriors guard Stephen Curry played his first extended minutes since straining a tendon in his right foot against Phoenix on Feb. 22.Curry missed the first game of the Warriors road trip on Feb. 28, then played three seconds the following night when coach Mark Jackson used him as a decoy on a last-second play.However, Curry then sat out the next two games vs. Philly and Toronto before returning against the Wizards.Curry didnt start, however, and entered the game midway through the first quarter. He played just five minutes in the first half and nine minutes total, but Curry found a way to score 12 points during that time.

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

OAKLAND -- Considering their status as reigning champs without a pick, members of the Warriors personnel department could have turned out the lights and left team headquarters to watch the NBA Draft from a nearby tavern.

They instead stayed in business mode Thursday night, observing the draft-night chaos up close, waiting for the right moment and the right player.

And for the second consecutive year, the Warriors paid a team for its 38th overall draft pick, sending a reported $3.5 million to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to Oregon big man Jordan Bell, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

“Everybody we talked to had a lot of good things to say about him,” president/general manager Bob Myers said. “He’s one of the few guys we looked at and really wanted to see if we could get. I actually was not optimistic we would be able to get him. But somehow it came to fruition.”

Myers added that the Warriors, along with many mock drafts, projected Bell as a first-round pick.

Bell led the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage (63.6) while shooting almost exclusively in the paint. The 6-foot-9 center/forward was sixth among Pac-12 rebounders at 8.8 per game and 13th in steals at 1.3 per game.

The Long Beach Poly High product possesses a wingspan a fraction shy of 7-feet and bears, by some accounts, a resemblance to Draymond Green inasmuch as he is a defense-first player with a deep reservoir of energy.

It’s a comparison that Bell, asked about it, embraces.

“Draymond, because people always say I’m undersized,” Bell told Basketball Insiders last month. “He’s one of those players you can’t really say what position he is, but he’s a force on defense.”

Moreover, Myers cited Green as one of the players best suited to mentor Bell.

“Draymond is a good one,” the GM said. “He’s not afraid to tell players what he thinks. He’s going to be a good teacher.”

Bell in three seasons became the Ducks’ all-time leader in blocks. He blocked eight shots in a Midwest Regional win over Kansas that sent Oregon to the Final Four. He became during the NCAA Tournament the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon (in 1985) to snag at least 12 rebounds in five consecutive tournament games.

“Defending is one of my best attributes,” Bell told Basketball Insiders. “Being able to switch 1-through-5. Play small ball. Blocking shots. Timing. Decision-making on offense.”

These are the characteristics that prompted the Warriors to put a red-letter “B” next to Bell’s name on their draft board -- even though his offensive skills are unrefined.

“We love his ability to defend,” Myers said. “He could probably defend most positions, and in the NBA that’s huge. To be able to switch pick-and-rolls, rebound, block shots, finish, there are a lot of boxes he checks.

“ . . . We just like the way he plays basketball. We’ll find a place for him.”

The Warriors also are closing in on a deal for one of Bell’s Oregon teammates. Forward Chris Boucher is expected to sign a two-way contract with the team.

“That’s something we’re trying to move toward,” Myers said of Boucher, who is rehabilitating an ACL surgery.

“But we like players that win. We like players that can play. I don’t care what school they are or what their background is, or what position. Winners. That’s what we’re trying to do, is win. If we end up getting that done, that’s another player that was on a very good team.”

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

The Warriors bought Oregon's Jordan Bell in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. And, they reportedly agreed with another Duck.

Golden State is signing Oregon forward Chris Boucher to a two-way NBA contract after the senior went undrafted, according to Shams Charina of The Vertical.

Boucher, at 6-foot-10 and 200 pounds, averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31 games for Oregon this past season. He also averaged 2.5 blocks per game and shot 35 percent from beyond the arc. 

Boucher suffered a torn ACL in the Pac-12 semifinals against Cal. 

NBA rosters will grow to 17 players with two-way contracts between the G-League and players will make a guarantee of at least $75,000. Players who sign two-ways contracts can make up to $275,000 depending on how long they are on an NBA roster.