The Warriors made it four wins in a row and 30 wins on the season Saturday night after defeating the Suns 113-93. Stephen Curry led the way for the Dubs with 29 points and eight assists in his return to action. David Lee notched 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to become the first player in the NBA with four-straight 15/12/7 games since Kevin Garnett in 2003. Harrison Barnes tied a career-high with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting to go with eight rebounds. The win puts the Warriors 13 games above .500 for the first time all season.
Mark Jackson
On putting Stephen Curry in the lineup tonight:
“I watched him warm-up and then talked to him after that. Earlier today he was pleading, but I just wanted to use wisdom and make sure it was the right thing to do. The worst thing to do was to rush him out there and then we have something else to deal with. We have a bunch of games coming up and we wanted to be smart. When he was in the game I asked him how he felt and he said ‘I felt fine’ and I went with him. He had a heck of a ball game.”
On their first half:
“We didn’t play our brand of basketball, but give them credit. Lindsey Hunter is doing a very good job with that basketball team; it’s great to see. I was in that position before being shorthanded, not enough talent, but they fought scratched and clawed and made it tough in the first half. They were prepared. It is very easy to let go of the rope. When you see a team like that, still battling, it’s a reflection of the job the coach is doing. He’s done a very good job of trying to change their culture and they are on their way. This is the first step. That being said, we were disappointed with our first half. We got on our guys and talked about adjustments our guys had to make. To our credit, we did a very good job defending, executing, rebound, taking care of the basketball and playing out our pace.”
On closing out games:
“I just think it is our ability to be united. We are a team that’s together. We understand the assignment, we understand the call – when you are together it’s tough to let go of the rope. I know it’s a sermon we have been preaching all year long, but it’s the truth. You don’t stumble into wins. This is a team that is together. We understand that we are a very god team and we understand what we have to do to continue to win.”
On Harrison Barnes:
“I don’t think enough credit has been given to him. He’s a rookie starting at the small forward position, one of the toughest positions to play in this league, and he’s played a huge role in us being 13 games over .500. I’m very patient with him. He’s defending from day one, competed and he’s a high character guy. He’s only going to get better. I though tonight he was attacking, aggressive and not only offensively, but he had to guard Michael Beasley who’s a heck of a scorer and had to guard him for long stretches - did a very good job.”
On having both Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut in the lineup:
“We are a different basketball team with those guys on the floor. Offensively, defensively – it puts everybody in their proper rotational spot. When you start the type of lineup that we start, we have every right to believe that we can win any ballgame we play in.”
Stephen Curry
On the first quarter:
“I don’t know, we just didn’t have any energy, any enthusiasm for what we were doing. We realized that when we were in the locker room at halftime watching film. We saw the lack of effort we had, and obviously this is a big game for us. We’ve got to check this one off the list and get back to Warriors basketball.”
On third quarter adjustments:
“I think we had like eight straight stops. Whenever we get stops and rebounds and get into the transition game it fuels our offense. You have to feel so good about what you’re doing, they had I think six points at the six-minute mark in the third quarter, and we were able to get back in the game.”
On if Phoenix is a tougher matchup than their record suggests:
“I do (agree). You put Beasley at the forward, they have a ton of guys that can score. You’ve just got to be prepared. I think that’s what happened in the first half, we just kind of got lost out there a little bit. We recognized the situation and were able to make adjustments in the second half.”
On how it feels to have Andrew Bogut back and healthy:
“It feels great. It took us a while to be here but we have a full healthy squad now. To have everyone on the court active and ready to play, this is what the front office envisioned going into the season. We’ve got to take advantage of it, and especially with the cushion that we just built we have to keep building.”
Andrew Bogut
On spreading the ball:
“We spread the ball out and played as a team. We have a lot of good scorers and team-oriented guys, some great shooting. My problem tonight was offensively turning the basketball over. We cleaned that up a little bit.”
On the first half:
“There wasn’t energy, to be honest. I don’t think that we came out with the intensity in the first half. We were allowing offensive rebounds and second-chance points but we were able to turn the page and it worked out.”
On how he'll get his body ready for a postseason run:
“We get the All-Star break and start playing back-to-back, so I may be getting a little more minutes. I’ve just got to be more patient with it and help get us into the playoffs and go from there. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
David Lee
On the first half:
“Phoenix came out and played very hard tonight. They were an aggressive team in the first half. At halftime we watched some film on them and tried to make our corrections and play hard in the second half.”
On Stephen Curry:
“You mean ‘Willis Reed’ Curry? He came back tonight and played the way Steph is capable of playing. He really led us in that second half, not only making plays for himself but finding other guys.”
The Warriors take their three-game winning streak into Saturday night’s home game against the Phoenix Suns. This will be the last game before the team embarks on another four-game road trip, but it will be the first time the team hosts a Social Media Night at Oracle Arena. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a pair of Warriors texting gloves, courtesy of Esurance, and fans who “Check In” to Golden State Warriors Home Game on Facebook will be invited to a postgame Q&A with Jarrett Jack. In addition, plenty of giveaways and contests will take place throughout the night, and the players will wear shooting shirts featuring their Twitter handles. For full details of Social Media Night, click here.
Playing his first home game since November, Andrew Bogut came up with the biggest defensive play of the night. His blocked shot in the final seconds of Thursday’s 100-97 triumph prevented a potential go-ahead shot by the Mavericks, saving a game that had the Warriors leading by 13 in the final period. As big as Bogut was down the stretch, the game couldn’t have been won without the offensive exploits of Klay Thompson. He had the hot hand for the second-consecutive game, making 11 of his first 14 shot attempts on his 27-point night. David Lee also had a big night, finishing with 15 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists, while Jarrett Jack added 13 points and nine assists, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter.
It has only been two games, but it’s hard not to be excited about the dynamic duo in the Warriors front court. David Lee put together an All-Star campaign without the aid of having Andrew Bogut alongside him in the paint, and now that the big Aussie is back, Lee’s numbers have improved even more. In the two games they’ve played together, Lee is averaging 18 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists. Those are some impressive numbers, and when you consider Bogut has been limited to no more than 25 minutes a game so far in his return, it’s easy to wonder just how good these two can be together once the restrictions are lifted. The seven-footer has made an obvious impact on both ends of the floor in his limited minutes, highlighted by his team-high seven blocks within that span. The continued development of this dynamic duo will certainly be a main area of interest for the Warriors as they embark on the second half of the season.
With Stephen Curry sitting out the last couple games, one could assume the Warriors outside shooting might suffer. Well, Klay Thompson had something to say about that. First it was a career-high 32 points including six three-pointers against the Cavaliers on Tuesday. Then he followed that up with a modest 27-point outing on 11-of-18 shooting against the Mavericks. His ability to shoot lights-out from the perimeter has not been lost on opposing assistant coaches, who recently selected Thompson to play in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge along with teammate Harrison Barnes during NBA All-Star weekend. If Thompson can continue to build on his strong first year-and-a-half in the league, the Warriors backcourt could be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.
Safe to say it’s been a rebuilding year for the Suns. After losing the heart and soul of their franchise in Steve Nash in the offseason, Phoenix has begun the process of building a new team identity, but it hasn’t been easy. At 16-31, they currently sit just a game ahead of the Hornets for the worst record in the conference, but with three wins in their last six games including victories over the Clippers and Lakers, perhaps things are beginning to turn around. They’ll look to build on that success against the Warriors who they’ll be seeing for the first time since the season opener, a nailbiter which Golden State won 87-85.
Featured Promotion
The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a pair of Warriors texting gloves, courtesy of Esurance, and fans who “Check In” to Golden State Warriors Home Game on Facebook will be invited to a postgame Q&A with Jarrett Jack.
Injury Report
GSW: Stephen Curry (right ankle sprain) is questionable and Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.

PHO: Channing Frye (enlarged heart) is out and Jermaine O’Neal (heart arrhythmia) is day to day.