OAKLAND, Calif.--Stephen Curry scored a game-high 23 points, but his potential game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed as the Washington Wizards came away with an 88-85 win at Oracle Arena on Tuesday.
The Golden State Warriors fell to a Wizards team that moved to .500 record with the win, with Curry having to go around a defender for an off-balance final shot attempt.
Curry, who was 8 for 23 from the field and 2 for 7 from 3-point range, also had a chance to tie the score with a 3-point attempt, but it rimmed out with 40.9 seconds left. He committed six of Golden State's 19 turnovers.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 20 points, scoring 18 in the second half while hitting four 3-pointers.
Klay Thompson scored 13 points, and David Lee added 11 while struggling with a 2-for-10 shooting performance. Nene had 16 points for Washington, and John Wall added 15.
Curry hit a 3-pointer to pull the Warriors within 85-83, and Lee tied the score with a layup, but Wall connected from long range and twirled his finger in celebration following the go-ahead bucket.
Thompson scored five straight points as part of an 11-2 run to give the Warriors a 79-77 lead in what was a game of runs.
Beal had hit three consecutive 3-pointers to give Washington a 75-68 lead early in the fourth quarter, continuing the Wizards' hot shooting after teammate Martell Webster had connected from long range with 11.7 seconds left in the third.
Golden State had previously held the momentum in the third after going on a 12-0 run while Washington spent more than six minutes without a made field goal. Curry during that stretch scored on a layup while being fouled, prompting fans to chant, "MVP! MVP!"
Lee struggled mightily, starting the game shooting 1 for 8 from the field and at one point in the third quarter losing the ball three times for turnovers in the span of four Warriors possessions.
While Lee was coughing up the ball, the Wizards started a 12-0 run that put them ahead 59-51.
The Warriors led 49-45 at halftime, allowing the Wizards to score the final six points of the second quarter after having led by as many as 10 points as Curry hit a step-back jump shot.
It was the Warriors' uncharacteristically productive bench play that helped Golden State grab the lead, with the reserves combining to score 20 points by halftime. Harrison Barnes assisted on back-to-back dunks from Draymond Green and Mareese Speights, with an excited Speights coming back down the court on the next possession to hit a rare 3-pointer.
Curry hit a 3-pointer with two-tenths of a second left in an otherwise struggle on offense in the first quarter for the Warriors, who trailed 24-22.
Curry had three of the Warriors' eight turnovers in the quarter. Thompson missed his first four field goal attempts, including three from 3-point range before connecting from long distance with his first shot of the second quarter.
-- Barnes was asked at the shootaround about his overall performance this season heading into the All-Star break and spoke of a need to be more consistent.
"Obviously, personally, probably not that high, because one thing I wanted to focus on coming into the season was consistency," Barnes said. "I haven't been able to accomplish that, but as a team, we've been able to do well.
Despite seeing his shooting percentage dip from his rookie season, Barnes said he continues to feel good about his shot.
"Coming in to do work every single day, putting in the time, so I'm confident shots will go in," he said.
--Andre Iguodala celebrated his 30th birthday, and while having numerous teammates over at his home the previous day got an opportunity to have his son interact with Curry.
"They got a chance to play H-O-R-S-E in his room, so that was the highlight of the night," Iguodala said.
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