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Warriors Block Away Wizards

For everything Golden State's Donyell Marshall did on Friday night, the third and final shot he blocked will be remembered most.

Marshall swatted away Mitch Richmond's driving shot with 11 seconds left to preserve a two-point lead, and Chris Mills added two free shots with 7.7 seconds left to give the Warriors a 100-96 win over the Washington Wizards.

"I thought it was going to be a missed shot, and I challenged Antawn Jamison to get the rebound," Marshall said. "Mitch seemed to double-pump a little bit when he took the shot, and that gave me a little extra time to get to the ball."

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  • Marshall finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and three steals.

    "I just didn't put the shot up high enough," said Richmond, who had 18 of his 24 points in the second half. "I forgot how tall Donyell is."

    Golden State trailed 77-70 at the end of three quarters, but the Warriors regained the lead on John Starks' 3-point shot with 6:01 remaining,

    Washington's Rod Strickland tied the score at 96 on a free throw with 26 seconds remaining, but he missed his second foul shot, and the Warriors rebounded.

    Terry Cummings, who scored 10 of his 16 points in the final quarter, was fouled with 14.8 seconds left and hit both free throws to give the Warriors a 98-96 advantage.

    "We didn't really defend well until the fourth quarter," Golden State coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "Donyell had a great game offensively and came up with the big block at the end of the game. John did a great job of making Richmond work."

    Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff said, "Both teams had opportunities to win, but what really matters is who goes the hardest for the loose balls. They did a lot better than we did tonight."

    Cummings and Erick Dampier each had 10 rebounds for Golden State, which outrebounded Washingto50-37. Juwan Howard led the Wizards with 25 points. Otis Thorpe had 19 for Washington.

    Led by Marshall's 19 points and Dampier's 12, Golden State had held a 51-47 halftime advantage. Notes: Golden State is on pace to win 22 games in this 50-game season. That would be two more than the Warriors had in the previous 82-game season. ... Marshall's 27 points were the most by a Warrior in one game this season; his 19 in the first half were the most by a Warrior in a half, and his 13 in the first quarter were the most in a period. ... Jamison is averaging 16.8 points and 10.5 rebounds in games in which he has played at least 25 minutes.

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