The Golden State Warriors will get plenty of games at Oracle
Arena during the final push for their first playoff berth in six
The Warriors will try to begin that home-heavy stretch by adding
to their recent success against the Washington Wizards on Saturday
Golden State (39-31) is currently sixth in the Western
Conference, 4 1/2 games ahead of ninth-place Utah. The Warriors get
the benefit of a five-game homestand as they try to secure a spot
in the postseason for the first time since 2007 and only the second
time since 1994.
They’ll play eight of their next nine games and nine of their
final 12 contests in Oakland, where they’ve gone 22-10 this
“It’s a great opportunity to put together a string of wins, but
we’re playing against some teams that are more than capable of
coming in here and winning,” coach Mark Jackson said. “It’ll be a
great chance to separate ourselves a little more.”
Golden State will try to do that with its fifth straight win
over Washington (25-43). The Warriors took advantage of Wizards
star point guard John Wall’s absence for a 101-97 road victory Dec.
David Lee had 24 points and 17 rebounds while Klay Thompson and
Stephen Curry also topped 20 points. Curry’s four free throws in
the final 15 seconds helped seal that win.
Washington, however, is 20-15 since Wall’s return from a knee
injury on Jan. 12 and has won five of its last six, including an
impressive 103-100 road win over the Los Angeles Lakers on
“They’re playing much better. A healthy John Wall will do that
for you,” Jackson said. “It’s a team that’s playing very well right
now. … To be young and out of (playoff contention), you got to
give them credit. They’re finishing it the right way.”
Wall had 24 points and a career-high 16 assists against the
Lakers, and Trevor Ariza hit a personal-best seven 3-pointers en
route to scoring 25 points.
The victory gave the Wizards their first back-to-back road wins
this season. They trailed by as many as 18 points in the third
quarter, but outscored Los Angeles 62-43 in the second half.
“We just knew what our team was, we’re one of the top defensive
teams and when we play defense and play the right way, we have a
chance,” Wall said. “We just have a lot of heart and
The Warriors are coming off a road trip that would have been
perfect if not for a 104-93 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday. With
24 points, Curry was the only player to score more than 14 for
Golden State, which won its other two games on the trek by a
combined 51 points.
The Wizards have lost four of their last five in Oakland,
although they haven’t visited in nearly two years since a 114-104
loss March 27, 2011.
Lee had 33 points on 15-of-26 shooting for the Warriors in that
game and is averaging 22.1 while hitting 56.8 percent from the
field in his last 11 contests versus Washington.