Pregame warmup: Wall keeps eye on third-quarter swing

Pregame warmup: Wall keeps eye on third-quarter swing
January 28, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) drives past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) in the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Timberwolves defeated the Warriors 121-120.

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The problem for the Wizards earlier this month against the Golden State Warriors repeated itself in their last game. They were flat in the second half in losing their double-digit lead to the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

Tuesday night, they'll be at Golden State, which went on a 30-5 run in the third quarter to break open a 58-58 tie at halftime at Verizon Center on Jan. 5. 

"It's just the third quarter," Wall said after practice Tuesday afternoon. "They came out with more energy than us. We didn't come out and play aggressive like most of the games this year the third quarter has really been hurting us. That's where we lost the game at.

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"When we get a 13- or eight-point lead like that (vs. Utah) we got to be able to close those games out. We didn't put them away. We let them stick around."

Stephen Curry didn't have a strong game in Washington, going 5-for-17, but the Warriors have various weapons as they showed in the 112-96 win already. Klay Thompson made six of Golden State's nine made three-pointers. Andrew Bogut and David Lee had double-doubles. Despite his poor shooting, Curry had a double-double. 

"It's not just one guy on their team that can win the game. They've got other guys to win games for them," Wall said. "One guy has an off night, they're a complete team. We've got to play the right way and try to make it tough on them and not turnover the ball as much."

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