WASHINGTON (AP) — Draymond Green thinks the Golden State Warriors are making progress during their challenging season.
Green had 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, helping Golden State beat Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards 125-117 yesterday.
It was the second straight win for the NBA-worst Warriors (12-39), with both coming on the road. They lost 15 of their previous 17.
Golden State is playing without Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson due to long-term injuries. But Green said the victory at Washington was a positive sign.
The Warriors led by as many as 19 points midway in the third quarter, but the Wizards cut it to 115-110 with 3:39 remaining.
“That’s definitely a step in the right direction,” Green said. “A month or ago, we would have lost that game when they cut it to five.”
Golden State shot 50 per cent (15 for 30) from three-point range and had six players score in double figures. Alec Burks had 30 points, Glenn Robinson III added 22 and Damion Lee finished with 19.
“We are not turning it over and playing with really good pace,” coach Steve Kerr said. “I think Draymond sets a good tone for us when he pushes the ball. Made or miss, when we get into our offence quickly, that’s a big help.”
Beal led Washington with 43 points in his seventh straight game with at least 30 points, the third-longest such streak in team history. Davis Bertans had 19 points.
Golden State grabbed control with a 15-0 run spanning halftime that made it 79-63 with 9:56 to play in the third quarter.
“We did not come out to play with the right mindset,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “I don’t know what we were thinking, but we weren’t thinking the right things.”
Beal went 15 for 30 from the field while passing the injured John Wall for third on Washington’s career scoring list. Beal also went 10 for 10 at the line in his fifth straight game with at least 10 converted foul shots, tying him with Gilbert Arenas for the longest run in team history.
He wasn’t interested in his personal achievements.
“They just outplayed us in every aspect of the game,” Beal said.