Warriors 101, Wizards 92: Instant analysis

Warriors 101, Wizards 92: Instant analysis
March 24, 2013, 1:00 am
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The Wizards had C Emeka Okafor back from the flu but lost SF Trevor Ariza because of it en route to a loss to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on Saturday. They end the four-game road trip 2-2.

Player of the game: F Cartier Martin came off the bench to score a season-high 23 points, making 6 of 9 three-pointers, in 30 minutes. It was the most playing time he received since Dec. 19.

The rundown: A night after an emotional comeback win from 18 points at the Los Angeles Lakers, the Wizards came out flat. They shot 28.6% in the first quarter (6-for-21) while the Warriors shot 56.5% (13-for-23) and led by as many as 15 points. Warriors PG Stephen Curry had 13 points in the second quarter to extend the lead to 58-40 at halftime.  The Warriors were able to maintain the lead despite seven turnovers in the third quarter.  Okafor and PF Nene combined to shoot just 6-for-16 for 16 points and only nine rebounds. Curry finished with a game-high 35 points on 13-for-18 shooting to lead six teammates in double figures. PF David Lee had 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. The Wizards never seriously threatened after getting no closer than eight points. .

Turning point: A 15-5 run by the Wizards to start the third quarter trimmed the deficit to 65-55, but PG John Wall came unhinged after consecutive plays by Warriors SG Klay Thompson that were exceptionally physical. Wall, who received a technical foul in the first quarter for complaining about an illegal screen by Lee, was hit with another for verbally taunting Thompson. Golden State quickly ran the lead up to 74-57 with Wall out.

The ejection: Wall had 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting and three assists before being tossed. He'd just made two free throws after hitting the floor hard on a fast-break lay up that was thwarted by Thompson. Thompson shoved Wall in the midsection with his left hand as Wall extended. On the Warriors' next possession, Wall and Thompson were fighting for position as Curry tried to deliver the entry pass. Thompson drove his left shoulder into Wall to prevent him from gathering the loose ball. While the play was about to resume, Wall walked over to Thompson and could be heard daring him to take the ball to the basket. "I'll knock your (expletive) out."

Agent zero: SF Martell Webster went 0-for-6 from three-point range, breaking a streak of eight games with at least two makes from long range.

Who’s next:  Monday vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 7 p.m. ET on CSN. The Grizzlies (47-22) beat the Boston Celtics 110-106 on Saturday, led by Jerryd Bayless’ 30 points off the bench. Seven players scored in double figures.