The Golden State Warriors defeated the Washington Wizards 104-95 to win the 2022 Japan preseason game. Even with turnover problems throughout the restricted minutes, the Warriors’ starters were always going to look well-groomed.
In the fourth quarter, the Warriors overcome a 16-point deficit to defeat the Wizards 104-95. Moses Moody and rookie Patrick Baldwin Jr. both ended with 12 points, and Stephen Curry led the Dubs with 17 points in 17 minutes before sitting out the second half. The Warriors defeated the Wizards in Saitama for the second time in their series.
The Warriors were 90-74 down with ten minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Dubs defeated Washington 30-5 after that. Two 3-pointers, including the game-winning shot with 2:02 remaining, were made by Patrick Baldwin Jr., the Warriors’ first-round draft pick from last June. Moses Moody and Mac McClung also made 3-pointers during that time period, making it his fourth three-pointer in five tries. In the fourth quarter, McClung had nine points and two assists, and Moody added two strong dunks to his splash to finish with seven of his 12 points.
The Warriors’ 22 turnovers had a significant role in their desire to rally, the majority of which occurred in the first half, during which the dubs lost heavily. The Wizards took advantage of the Warriors starting four of their five starters in the second half by going on a 12-2 run to start the third quarter.
On Sunday, Stephen Curry recovered to surpass the Dubs in scoring. The current NBA Finals MVP started to heat up in the second quarter, scoring 12 of his 17 points, with the final 10 coming in a stunning four-minute run in front of a sold-out crowd. You could immediately tell that the Dubs were considerably more effective with their perimeter shooting on Sunday.
On the game’s opening possession, Jordan Poole Knocked off the screen and made a three-point shot. A few minutes later, Draymond Green made his first three-pointer of the contest, giving the Dubs a 7-0 lead. Five different players each scored a 3-pointer as the Warriors made five of their first eight tries. Long-distance dubs were 16 to 39 at the time of the final buzzer, with Baldwin taking the lead with four marks.