OAKLAND -- The Warriors got the win, outlasting Washington 101-92.

But their inability to put away the weary, short-handed Wizards on Saturday led to star point guard Stephen Curry spraining his right ankle.

Curry, who had game-highs with 35 points and eight assists, rolled his right ankle on a fast break midway through the fourth quarter. He was taken to the locker room and didn't finish the game.

"I'm fine," Curry said after the game, his right foot in the usual bucket of ice. "Don't worry about my ankle. It's just another episode. I'll get through it like I usually do. I've just got to get my treatment."

Curry probably shouldn't have been in the game. The Warriors didn't quite squander a 21-point lead but made it so nervously close that the starters had to come back in. Golden State entered the fourth quarter up 18, but the lead was down to 14 early in the fourth quarter when coach Mark Jackson summoned Curry from the bench.

He checked in with 9:08 left and the Warriors up 84-68.

"In an ideal world, we stretch the lead and he doesn't play anymore," Jackson said. "But my mindset wasn't that it was over for him. My mindset was to give him a quick breather and (send him in to) close the deal."

Just over two minutes later, Golden State's advantage was down to 88-80. Curry drilled a 3-pointer, his sixth of the game, to put the Warriors up 91-80 with 6:27 left. Then he scooped up his second steal and headed on a fast break.


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Wizards swingman Cartier Martin reached out to grab Curry to take the intentional foul and stop the fast break. Curry hopped to evade Martin with an around-the-back dribble. When he landed, he rolled his right ankle on the hardwood.

Curry went down immediately and grabbed his right ankle. He slapped the floor with his right hand in frustration. After trying to walk it off, he made his two free throws and checked out of the game with 6:03 left.

Jackson said Curry tried to go back in.

"I got the stare down and the towel thrown on the floor as I told him that was it," Jackson said. "We're going to be smart. ... He'll get treatment, take care of it and we'll act accordingly."

Golden State got a jumper from rookie forward Harrison Barnes and six straight free throws to stave off a huge letdown. In the end, the Warriors secured an important victory to start the five-game homestand, reaching the 40-win plateau for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

Golden State sits a game ahead of Houston for the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference and 31/2 games ahead of the No. 8 seed Los Angeles Lakers.

Washington Wizards’ Nene, left, blocks the shot of Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in
Washington Wizards' Nene, left, blocks the shot of Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, March 23, 2013. (AP Photo/John Storey) ( John Storey )

"We didn't do a great job (of finishing the game). We had to bring the starters back," forward David Lee said after totaling 11 points and 15 rebounds. "But at this point in the season, we're just going to take it game by game. It's easy to try to put themes on things. But right now, we're playing better defense overall ... and we're balanced offensively. We're just going to try to keep it going."

But the victory took a back seat to the health of Curry.

It was his third time spraining the same ankle, which has caused him problems the last three seasons.

He sprained it at a shootaround Jan. 15 when he landed on the foot of rookie center Festus Ezeli while chasing down a rebound. He then sprained it in the third quarter at Toronto on Jan. 28 when he stepped on the foot of Raptors center Aaron Gray.

He missed a total of four games from those two sprains. Golden State went 2-2 in those games.

Curry will get Sunday off before the Warriors host the Lakers on Monday.

"I know the Lakers are coming in, a team that is right behind us, and we need that game," Curry said. "So I'm going to try to do everything I can to play, but I've got to make sure I'm ready. ... This year when I've done it, it's been pretty quick to recover. Just shows how strong my ankle is after two surgeries. So I expect the same."

  • Guard John Wall, who missed much of the season with a stress injury in his left knee, had sparked the Wizards to a 20-15 mark since his return to the lineup Jan. 12. But he was ejected midway through the third quarter after receiving his second technical foul following an altercation with the Warriors' Klay Thompson.