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Warriors 101, Wizards 92

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Steph Curry scored a game-high 35 points before coming out midway through the fourth quarter Saturday night with yet another ankle injury and the Golden State Warriors led wire to wire in their 101-92 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Curry, who has had several ankle problem in his four seasons in the NBA and undergone surgery, tumbled after a collision. He got up and made two free throws, then came out of the game.

After rallying from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Lakers on Friday night in Los Angeles, the Wizards seemed remarkably flat against the Warriors, missing their first six shots from the field and falling behind in the first half by as many as 21 points.

Then in the third quarter, the Wizards' top scorer, John Wall, got into a jawing match with Golden State's Klay Thompson, who was guarding him. Wall drew his second technical of the game and was ejected, leaving with 14 points.

"I didn't do anything to him," Thompson said. "I was trying to force him away all night."

Asked if Wall's comments were questionable, Thompson said, "I can't say."

Whether it was great defense by the Warriors, who did chase the ball, awful shooting by Washington or a combination of both, the Wizards were inept from the floor, shooting only 33 percent before halftime and trailing 58-40. The Warriors shot 55 percent.

Curry finished 13 of 18 from the field, including 6 of 10 3-pointers.

All five Warriors starters scored in double figures. Thompson had 18 points, Harrison Barnes 16, David Lee 11 and center Andrew Bogut 10. Bogut added two blocks and Lee had 15 rebounds.

Cartier Martin came off the bench to score 23 points for the Wizards, who ended up shooting 40.9 percent from the field after a big fourth quarter.

The Warriors are sixth in the Western Conference and, unless there is something drastically wrong with Curry or the rest of the team collapses, seem destined to make the playoffs.

NOTES: The Warriors didn't have to face the Wizards' Trevor Ariza, whom Washington coach Randy Wittman said stayed at the hotel with the flu. On Friday night in Los Angeles, Ariza hit seven of his 12 3-point attempts and finished with a game-high 25 points as the Wizards came from 18 down to win 103-100. ... When the Warriors defeated the Wizards 101-97 on Dec. 8 at Washington, their only other meeting this season, Wall was still out with a stress injury in his left knee. He returned Jan. 12 and the Wizards went from 5-28 to 23-45 before Saturday night. "They're playing really good basketball," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Washington. "John Wall, first and foremost, with his ability to break down a defense, one-man fast break, is playing at an extremely high level." ... Jackson agreed that Bogut looks like a different player since returning the end of January after microfracture surgery on his left ankle -- broken a year ago when still was with Milwaukee. "He's still not there," Jackson said, "but his body is a lot livelier. He's rebounding, he's protecting the rim. Early on, you could tell he wasn't comfortable catching the ball on the block. He wasn't comfortable making moves, but he is now." ... The Warriors won the first two on their recent three-game trip, then lost their 29th straight at San Antonio. Jackson was pleased both with the Warriors' victories -- after an awful home game against Chicago -- and the play against the Spurs, even in defeat. "We're very happy with what took place on the road," Jackson said. "We're not satisfied with the loss at San Antonio, but we battled and lost to a very good team in their building."
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