WASHINGTON — The Warriors’ selflessness, not just their bevy of All-Stars, makes them such a logistical nightmare for opposing coaching staffs.
Unlike previous teams anointed “super,” Golden State blends transcendent talent with the type of teamwork detailed in the game’s earliest textbooks. In their 126-118 win Thursday night over the Wizards at Capital One Arena, the Warriors were part Harlem Globetrotters and part Hickory High, pairing dazzling highlights with near-constant ball movement.
Late in the third quarter, Golden State reached 30 assists for the fifth straight game to tie the Celtics (Dec. 31, 2018-Jan. 9, 2019) for the longest such streak this season. As they barely held the ball long enough for its logo to be read, the Warriors appeared to toy with Washington at times, delivering a dizzying array of passes until a wide-open shot revealed itself.
Golden State shot 56.8 percent (50-for-88) from the field, including 63.2 percent (43-for-68) on two-pointers, as it piled up 70 points in the paint. Thanks to such a steady drumbeat of forays to the rim, the Warriors drew plenty of contact and shot 19-for-21 from the foul line.
Outside of Klay Thompson, who missed nine of his 13 shots to fail to top double-digit points for the first time since Christmas, Golden State’s All-Stars offered a case study in efficiency.
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To pour in a game-high 38 points (his fourth game in the past six topping the 30-point mark), Curry shot 14-for-24 from the field and 8-for-8 from the foul line. In his annual homecoming game, Kevin Durant was an aggressor, scoring most of his 21 points on drives to the rim. Draymond Green (15 rebounds, seven assists) once again took care of the nuances required of a dynamic offense.
Most encouraging, however, was the performance of DeMarcus Cousins. In just his third game back from a torn left Achilles tendon that sidelined him almost a year, he looked surprisingly nimble as he posted 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and had three assists in 24 minutes. There was a three-pointer, a block on a Thomas Bryant dunk attempt and a ballet-esque spin move at the rim.
The Warriors again tallied more than twice as many assists (34) as turnovers (15). The Wizards — attempting to get their season back on track with a statement win — played inspired offense, only to fade down the stretch. After Chasson Randle’s three-pointer with 7:47 left pulled Washington within 108-106, Golden State returned to its movement-heavy blueprint, unleashing a 11-2 blitz in less than four minutes to build a more-than-sufficient cushion.
The Wizards got a combined 69 points from Trevor Ariza, Bradley Beal and Tomas Satoransky.
In pushing their winning streak to nine games, the Warriors continued to torment those bemoaning them as “unstoppable.” That label will be tested in coming days. After playing at Boston — the preseason favorite in the Eastern Conference — on Saturday, they play an Indiana team rallying around Victor Oladipo, who recently suffered a season-ending knee injury.
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