Suns Suffer Setback At Golden State
The Suns had pleased Jeff Hornacek to no end all season with their ability to keep games close regardless of the opponent or deficit.
A team-wide off-night, however, clashed with an extremely on-night from the Warriors on Friday night. The combination proved too much to overcome, particularly at Golden State, which boasts one of the better home-court advantages in the league.
The result was a 115-86 defeat that saw just one Suns player score in double figures (P.J. Tucker, 11 points, 12 rebounds, four steals).
In contrast, Warriors guard Stephen Curry ensured his stat line was filled with such numbers: 14 points, 16 assists and 13 rebounds in 34 minutes of play.
The loss tied the season series between the two teams at 1-1 with a pair of games remaining. With Phoenix and Golden State currently separated by just a half game in the standings, the outcomes of those two games could well decide future playoff spots or tiebreakers.
For now, Phoenix will try to regroup after giving up 52.9 percent shooting and 50 points in the paint to the Warriors. The Suns struggled on the other end as well, hitting just 36 percent of their attempts, including 4-of-23 from beyond the arc.
Tucker and Miles Plumlee (nine points, seven rebounds) tried to keep the Suns afloat. After trailing by 12 early, Phoenix managed to cut the deficit to just two after a Markieff Morris three-pointer and a euro-step layup from Goran Dragic.
Golden State responded with a 16-2 run that saw four different Warriors score, capped off a pair of buckets form Curry. They never looked back after that.
The onus is on Phoenix to move on with a home game against Philadelphia less than 24 hours later. The Sixers are coming off a loss to the league-worst Bucks and have lost 12 of their last 14 games.