The Wizards have none of the four point guards they began training camp with. Wall, who was originally supposed to be back in late November, has yet to practice. Two others, Jannero Pargo and Shelvin Mack, were cut.
Unless Washington makes a roster move, Crawford and Shaun Livingston are the only point guards around.
The biggest concern for the Wizards was rebounding. Golden State had a huge 57-37 advantage.
"I think really the big difference obviously tonight being we got just hammered on the boards," coach Randy Wittman said.
The Wizards pulled into an 84-all tie when Chris Singleton hit one of two free throws with 4 minutes to play, but Golden State outscored Washington 9-1 on five points by Thompson, a jumper by Jarrett Jack and a layup by Lee to take a 93-85 lead with 2:19 to play.
Beal hit a 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left to allow Washington to pull within 97-96. Curry hit two free throws, and Beal was fouled with 4.2 seconds to play. He hit the first, deliberately missed the second, Nene tipped the ball to Beal, whose shot missed badly. Carl Landry hit two free throws with 2 seconds left to seal it.
"We have one agenda — to win and make a deep run in the playoffs," Thompson said. "Last year we talked about playing defense. This year, we're actually out there doing it."
The Warriors, winners of 10 of their last 12, are now 6-1 against the East.
NOTES: Wizards F Trevor Ariza missed his second straight game with a strained left calf. F Trevor Booker his seventh straight with a right knee injury. When asked before the game if there was an update on Trevor, Wittman joked: Which one?" ... Golden State F Richard Jefferson, who missed his 10th straight game with a strained right calf, says he's nearing a return. ... Warriors rookie F Draymond Green fouled out with 16.1 seconds to play. It was Golden State's second disqualification of the season. ... Thompson tied his career high with five 3-pointers..