Johnson: Wiz outlasted

Johnson: Wiz outlasted
March 28, 2011, 3:31 am
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Sunday, March 27, 2011, 11:33 p.m.WIZARDS PAGE WIZARDS VIDEO
By Dave Johnson
CSNWashington.comOakland----The Washington Wizards had three players finish with double-doubles, but lost two more players to injury. It was not a winning equation. The Wizards simply ran out of options and points in a 114-104 loss to the high-scoring Golden State Warriors.Already dealing with injuries to three key players, the Wizards were dealt another setback when Trevor Booker was unable to start because of a sore right foot. Nick Young, who had just returned to lineup Friday after a five game absence, started in place of Booker.Young had scored 31 points in a previous meeting against the Warriors and with 7 points helped the Wizards to a 36-35 lead at the end of the first quarter. Just a little over a minute into the second quarter Young was headed to the locker room after re-injuring his bruised left knee.The Wizards played through and JaVale McGee with disciplined shot selection turned in the best half of his career. On the final play of the second quarter John Wall, with his 9th assist of the first half, set up McGee for an alley-oop dunk to give the Wizards a 67-64 lead.McGee became the first player since Yao Ming in 2008 to have 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots in a half. McGee was kept under control in the second half, but still led the Wizards with 28 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots.He played good, he got around the basket, said Wizards head coach Flip Saunders. Thats what weve been trying to tell him, if he does that instead of hanging around the free throw line he will have more nights like that.John Wall had 18 points and 12 assists and Yi Jianlian had 12 points and 10 rebounds to join McGee with double-doubles. Off the bench Maurice Evans tried to fill the Wizards scoring void with 23 pointsThe Warriors scored 138 points in a win over Toronto on Friday and again impressed with their scoring versatility. From the outside Monta Ellis scored a game-high 37 points and dished out 13 assists. On the inside David Lee finished with 33 points and 12 rebounds.Three-point shooting also helped the Warriors prevail. From beyond the arc the Warriors were 11 of 24 including 5 three-pointers from Dorrell Wright. Wright finished with 19 points and along with the Wizards Young is a candidate for the NBAs most improved player award.The final score did not reflect the competitiveness of a game that had 17 lead changes. With Youngs night cut short by injury, the Wizards seemed to hit a scoring wall in the fourth quarter when they shot 6 of 20 from the field as the Warriors closed the game on a 16-10 run.We ran out of gas. Nick (Young) went down. Without (Trevor) Booker we were undermanned going in, Saunders said. Especially the pace here, Golden State plays at a fast pace. We can play at that pace but we just didnt have enough.
The Wizards continued to play without Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis and Josh Howard because of injuries. They have not been with the team on this road trip and will not play on Monday against the Jazz.I cant fault our guys effort, we gave an unbelievable effort considering who we had, so many young guys, and how we played, Saunders added. .Its been a long road trip so now we just have to find a way to compete against Utah.