The Warriors caught the break of the night, perhaps, when Washington point guard John Wall was ejected midway through the third quarter. He picked up his second technical foul after taunting Golden State guard Klay Thompson (as seen and heard in this video).
THOMPSON: “I think he was just frustrated. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal, though. I know John. I’ve played with him. In that moment, I understand. You’re frustrated. After you get fouled hard, then the next play you think you get fouled hard again. He’s competitive. He let his emotions get the best of them.”
It began on a fast break moments earlier. A Curry turnover led to a break-away by Wall. Thompson fouled Wall to prevent the layup and Wall landed hard, sliding into the stanchion.
On the Warriors’ ensuing offensive possession, Wall was pressuring Thompson near the sidelines. Thompson was trying to receive a pass from Curry and an aggressive Wall knocked it out of bounds. In the process, Thompson gave Wall a little forearm shove, knocking him to the ground. It wasn’t called.
While the Warriors inbounded the ball, Wall began barking at Thompson as the two walked to the other side of the court. Wall said he would knock Thompson out and dared him to drive to the basket.
THOMPSON: “I would’ve been unhappy, too. But I’m not trying to get kicked out. It is what it is.”
The officials intervened as Wall’s jawing continued. Both were slapped with technical fouls (though replay shows Thompson did not respond). Wall had picked up a technical foul in the first quarter for arguing with the officials over a David Lee screen. So with his second technical, he was disqualified.
WALL: “Calls weren’t going our way. They got a little too physical. We had some words back and forth and I got my second tech. … We had a chance to win this game. I just let them down. I let the team down getting ejected.”