Durant injures knee as Warriors fall to Wizards
WASHINGTON -- Warriors forward Kevin Durant hyperextended his left knee in the first quarter, and the Washington Wizards took advantage with a 112-108 win over Golden State on Tuesday night.
Bradley Beal had 25 points for the Wizards, who fended off the NBA's only 50-win team in the final minute after blowing a 19-point lead.
Markieff Morris had 22 points for Washington, including two free throws with 3.7 seconds left to seal the win.
John Wall had 12 points and matched his career high with 19 assists, and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 16 points for Washington (35-23). Otto Porter added 14 points and put Washington up for good by sinking two free throws with 17 seconds remaining after grabbing an offensive rebound.
Stephen Curry scored 25 points for the Warriors but missed the potential go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds remaining. Golden State (50-10) had won four straight and seven of eight.
Draymond Green contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors. His two 3-pointers came in the wild fourth quarter as the lead changed sides 10 times. Golden State guard Klay Thompson scored 16.
Durant will undergo an MRI, the Warriors announced. He sustained the injury 57 seconds into the game. Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia, fouled on the play by Washington's Marcin Gortat, fell backwards into the legs of Durant, who was standing in the left corner.
The 2014 Most Valuable Player showed discomfort, and Golden State coach Steve Kerr called for a timeout with 10:26 left in the period. Durant immediately left the court and headed toward the locker room.
Curry, the NBA leader in made 3-pointers, missed all 11 of his attempts Monday the Warriors' 119-108 win at the Philadelphia 76ers. His struggles from deep continued. Curry's first three tries didn't fall, and he didn't hit his first 3-pointer until the third quarter. He finished 2 of 9 from beyond the arc, and Golden State shot 8 of 28 from long distance.
Washington led 40-26 after the first quarter as Beal scored 16 points. Wall had 11 assists in the first half.
Significant buzz existed for this game beyond the usual involving Golden State. Durant grew up in the nearby Maryland suburbs. Tuesday's appearance was the first since the former Oklahoma City star signed with Golden State in free agency. He did so without giving the Wizards a meeting even though Washington geared much of its roster construction over the previous two seasons in the hopes of luring, as many fans dubbed the movement, "KD2DC."
NOTES: Warriors F Kevin Durant also sustained a hamstring injury in his lone appearance in Washington last season when he was with Oklahoma City. ... Wizards C Marcin Gortat had 12 points and 12 rebounds. ... The Warriors play at the Chicago Bulls on Thursday in the middle contest of their five-game road swing. ... Golden State dominated the first meeting, 123-92 on Feb. 2 at home. ... The Wizards open a home-and-home series with the Raptors in Toronto on Wednesday night before hosting their fellow Eastern Conference contender on Friday.