Warriors whip Wizards for 11th win in row
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry had 15 of his game-high 42 points in a third-quarter runaway as the Golden State Warriors extended their winning streak to 11 games with a 139-115 victory over the road-weary Washington Wizards.
The two-time defending NBA Most Valuable Player topped 40 points for the fourth time this season, and Draymond Green recorded his fourth triple-double of the season with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists, helping Golden State close out the Eastern Conference portion of its schedule with a 25th win in 30 games.
The win allowed the Warriors (63-14) to reduce their magic number for clinching the best record in the league to three. They lead the San Antonio Spurs (59-17), also a winner Sunday, by 3 1/2 games with five remaining.
The Wizards (46-31) fell one game behind Toronto (47-30) in their duel for the third-best record in the East. Washington completed a five-game trip with three consecutive losses after wins against Cleveland and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors led 67-57 at halftime and were up seven in the second minute of the third period before exploding for 20 points in under four minutes. Klay Thompson buried a pair of 3-pointers in the 20-7 flurry that opened a 90-70 lead.
Curry scored 12 of the Warriors' final 14 points in the period, allowing Golden State to retain a 106-88 advantage headed into the final period.
The Wizards used a 13-4 run to close within 110-101 with still 7:27 to play. But Thompson cooled the rally with a driving hoop and David West dropped in four consecutive points, helping Golden State created additional breathing room to assure a one-sided finish.
Curry hit 15 of his 22 shots and nine of his 14 3-point attempts for the Warriors, whose 11 straight wins have come by an average of 16.0 points.
Thompson finished with 23 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. The Warriors shot 16-for-36 (44.4 percent) from beyond the arc.
Bradley Beal and backup Bojan Bogdanovic scored 20 points apiece for the Wizards, who allowed a season-high point total.
John Wall was held to 15 points on 4-for-11 shooting, but found time for a team-high 11 assists.
NOTES: The NBA announced Sunday that Wizards PG John Wall had been fined $15,000 for "public criticism of the officiating" following Friday's loss at Utah. ... Warriors coach Steve Kerr announced before the game that PF Kevin Durant (sprained left knee) will not play Monday against Minnesota or Wednesday at Phoenix. Durant remains a possibility for Golden State's final three regular-season games. ... F Draymond Green's one steal and one blocked shot against the Wizards improved his season totals to 151 and 102, respectively. He is the first player since SG Dwyane Wade in 2008-09 to post a 150-100 season. The feat is a first in Warriors history. ... The Warriors have recorded multiple double-digit winning streaks in each of the last three seasons. The only previous team to three-peat like that was the Philadelphia 76ers from 1980-81 through 1982-83. ... Asked about his team's recent schedule, which featured 12 road games in March, Wizards coach Scott Brooks declared, "Everybody has a tough schedule some part of the season. Ours was the last four or five weeks. The Wizards still have three remaining road games: At New York, Detroit and Miami.