Green Returns to Game Action in Warriors Win Over Wizards

It was a night of celebrations as Draymond Green returned to action and Stephen Curry celebrated his 34th birthday with a team-high 47 points in a 126-112 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday.

The Warriors used a second quarter push to separate themselves from the Wizards and continued to carry that momentum into the second half. And while the Wizards took the game to single digits in the fourth frame, that wasn’t enough to overcome Curry’s flurry and Dubs’ strong roster as the Warriors held off the visiting Wizards.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW

Points Bounces Aids
Curry – 47 Kuminga – 8 Curry – 6
Thompson – 20 Green – 7 Green – 6
Poole – 20 Looney – 7 Pool – 3

HAS BEEN

Points Bounces Aids
Porzingis – 25 Porzingis – 8 Neto – 7
Caldwell Pope – 19 Kuzma – 8 Blacksmith – 7
Hachimura – 12 Gafford – 4 Porzingis – 4

A DECADE IN THE BAY
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green took to the NBA court together for the first time in 1,005 days since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. The trio spent ten seasons as teammates, winning three NBA championships over the past decade (2015, 2017, 2018). “It’s awesome,” head coach Steve Kerr said as the three huddled together to share a moment after the game.

WELCOME TO DRAYMOND
Green returned to NBA play to a roaring ovation at Chase Center as he entered the game at 4:50 of the first quarter. The Warriors forward immediately got to work, serving up a sweet treat to Curry and knocking down a 3-pointer with 2:42 remaining in the opening frame. Green finished the night with six points, seven rebounds and six assists in 20 minutes of play. After the game, Green credited Warriors vice president of player health and performance Rick Celebrini for his rehabilitation and recovery. ability to return to play after missing 31 games.

47 PIECES FOR BIRTHDAY BOY
Curry led the offensive effort for the Dubs, recording a team-high 47 points, six rebounds and six assists while shooting 16 for 25 from the field and 7 for 14 from 3-point range. The birthday boy felt the energy from start to finish, posting 20 points in the first half and 27 points in the second half, totaling 12 of the Warriors’ last 13 points in the third and 13 of the last 16 points in the team in fourth. . The outing was Curry’s second-best performance of the 2021-22 season and highest-ever performance on his birthday.

COLLECTIVE CONTRIBUTIONS
Monday’s victory was the result of contributions throughout the lineup, with starters Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole posting 20 points each and Jonathan Kuminga adding 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica each contributed seven points off the bench.

FOLLOWING
With the win, the Warriors 47-22 extend their four-game winning streak and stay at Chase Center to host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday for the third of four straight home games (7 p.m., NBCSBA, ESPN).

More notables:

  • Golden State improved to 47-22 (.681) overall and 29-7 (.806) at home, retaining the best home record in the NBA.
  • With tonight’s victory, the Warriors have recorded at least one win over the other 29 NBA teams this season, joining Phoenix as the only two teams to accomplish the feat.
  • Golden State snapped a three-game losing streak against Washington, taking a 1-0 lead in the season series.

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