Suns Cruise Past Struggling Warriors
Phoenix 112, Golden State 99
PHOENIX, Jan. 12 (Ticker) -- Steve Nash got the Phoenix Suns off to a fast start and they never looked back.
Nash scored 20 points and handed out 16 assists and Shawn Marion added 21 and 12 rebounds as the Suns posted their third consecutive win over the Golden State Warriors, 112-99.
"Getting off to an early lead was our main focus, especially with them playing last night," Thomas said. "We wanted to jump on them early and take their legs out from under them."
The Suns poured it on in the third quarter. Nash found Raja Bell for a 3-pointer to cap a 10-0 run at 74-57 with 9:08 remaining. A 3-pointer by Marion and a jumper and hook by Boris Diaw gave Phoenix its largest lead at 92-70 with 56 seconds left in the period.
Golden State got no closer than 10 points thereafter en route to its fourth straight loss.
"I wouldn't say it was easy. They didn't come out and lay down for us," Marion said. "We were getting some good looks because everybody was making the extra pass. Everybody got open and everybody was knocking them down.
Phoenix, which has won eight of its last 10 games, totaled 32 assists on 44 baskets.
Diaw had 20 points and six assists and Thomas added 15 and 16 boards for the Suns, who had three players with double-doubles. Bell scored 16 points as Phoenix placed six players in double figures.
"When we are clicking and we have everybody firing we are a more dangerous team," Bell said. "When they can lock down on one guy, we kind of slow down, but when we are flying and everyone is contributing, that is when we are at our best."
Baron Davis scored 22 points to lead six Warriors in double figures and dished out seven assists. Jason Richardson struggled with 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting for Golden State (17-18), which dropped below .500 for the first time this season.
"I think they got us in an up-and-down tempo game. We thought we could run with them but they showed we couldn't," Davis said. "I think we let our offense affect our defensive intensity. When our offense isn't going well, we should be more aggressive on defense."
The Suns have won 19 of their last 22 home contests vs. the Warriors.
"It was a pretty solid effort," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We shot the ball well and we held them to 38 percent shooting."
The Suns improved to 10-0 when holding their opponent under 40 percent shooting.
"The first part of the game, we couldn't back on defense, then in the second half, we couldn't guard them when they were in front of us," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "We could really help ourselves if we stopped shooting 30 percent. It is frustrating. We were down 10 at the half and how many layups did we miss? I mean layups. We could have been right there if we finished our shots."