OAKLAND, Calif. — The NBA’s defending champs were sloppy again Friday night, even forgetting several plays after one timeout. Yet the Golden State Warriors still somehow won, beating the Washington Wizards, 120-117.
Everything has been a struggle this season — the frustration taking a physical form against the visiors when emotional leader Draymond Green brawled with the Wizards’ Bradley Beal, getting them both ejected near the end of the first half.
The incident started has the players jostled for a rebound. That escalated into pushing and then into a clench that propelled them WWE stle off the court and inthe front rows of seats under the Warriors basket.
‘‘It was a scuffle. I'm not going to go into details about it. I'll do that with the league tomorrow,’’ Beal said. ‘‘We just got into it and things got out of hand and we both got ejected. I told my teammates I can’t put myself in a situation like that to leave them out there to battle out against a tough team without me out there.’’
With 19.5 seconds left in the second quarter, Beal held the front of Green’s jersey with his left hand while grabbing Green around the jaw with his right. That enraged Green, who threw his right arm in frustration and wrapped arms with Beal as if hugging, then other players joined the scrum.
Green had to be pulled away from the skirmish by Andre Iguodala and Warriors security personnel. Green was tossed after getting his second technical foul. The back of his uniform was torn from near his right shoulder down to his waist.
‘‘I thought Draymond defended himself and bit the bullet of being ejected for the game,’’ Golden State’s David West said.
Green was hit with his first technical at the 8:05 mark of the second quarter for arguing an offensive foul call. He had 6 assists, 3 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 blocks before his early exit.
Kevin Durant had 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists to help rally the Warriors from 18 points down.
Stephen Curry added 20 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds, hitting two 3s and two free throws in the final minute of the third quarter to get Golden State within, 97-87, heading into the final 12 minutes. Then Klay Thompson and Durant made 3s early in the fourth for a 4-point game. Thompson scored 18 points.
Durant’s jumper with 1:20 to go put Golden State up by five, but the Warriors still needed his two free throws with 9.4 seconds left. John Wall missed an off-balance 3 then Washington couldn’t capitalize on one final chance.
Golden State began 1 for 10 from 3-point range while committing seven turnovers and allowing six 3s by early in the second quarter. But the Warriors did enough to win a fourth straight at home against the Wizards.
‘‘We’re not ready, we’re still not ready,’’ coach Steve Kerr said. ‘‘We’re not locked in.’’
Wall had 20 points and 14 assists for Washington. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 19 and Marcin Gortat had 18 for the Wizards.
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The Warriors honored beloved Al Attles, who missed his tribute night because he’s in the hospital. The 80-year-old Attles is in his 58th year with the franchise as a player, coach of the 1975 title team, a GM, and now ambassador.
Kerr wore an itchy, ‘‘100 percent polyester’’ retro suit for the occasion, while Warriors players wore shooting shirts featuring his likeness and a bobblehead was the giveaway.
His wife, Wilhelmina Attles, son, Alvin Attles III, and Hall of Famer Rick Barry represented him during an on-court tribute after the first quarter.