(13-12)
(14-9)
Timely 3-point shooting is usually an advantage enjoyed by the Warriors, but it was Phoenix sinking huge treys as the Dubs lost 106-102 on the road on Sunday. The Suns thwarted a fourth-quarter Warriors run with consecutive three-pointers and Golden State’s bid to come all the way back was spoiled when they came up empty on a potentially game-tying possession in the last 30 seconds of the game. Stephen Curry finished with 30 points and seven assists and David Lee had 18 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth-straight double-double. The loss ends a streak of six straight Warriors wins over the Suns, and the Dubs will return home to host the Pelicans on Tuesday in the first of three straight games at Oracle Arena.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“Right now the turnovers are hurting us and we are not playing 48 minutes with a sense of urgency. That’s the disappointing part. Right now, I would say it’s not a slow start; we’re not playing with a sense of urgency. We came in talking about we had to be the hardest working team because this team plays extremely hard and they’re talented, and we did not do that. I’m disappointed and we’ve got to find answers, individually and collectively. I’m finding it that the guys in the suits and ties want it more than the guys in uniform. It’s just disappointing right now. We’re going to be fine but it’s disappointing to lose once again in the same fashion we lost. We’re going to get it right but you have to call it what it is. If you’re going to talk about how great they are individually and collectively then certainly when they’re bad they’ve got to be able to take it, own it and let’s get better. We’ve got to turn this thing around; it’s as simple as that. We’ve been watching the same movie every night, and it gets old.”
Stephen Curry
On tonight's game:
“We care; we’re trying to turn it around and put forth the effort and get us out of these substandard performances for us. We’ve got to change it, we’ve got to go out and find ways to play better. They’re putting together good game plans and we’re just not executing them right now. I know every guy in this locker room cares about us being successful and doing whatever it takes. I’ll never question that. Inopportune turnovers and when you have to exert so much energy to get back in the game it’s going to catch up to you. We have to start out games better. It’s tough to focus on that part of our game every single night and the same results happen. We’re a good team, we were able to come back and whether we’re at home or on the road, we were able to make it a ball game but, like I said if every night you are exerting so much energy and making so many plays to get back in the game, more times than not you aren’t going to be able to jump that hurdle.”
David Lee
On tonight's game:
“It’s tough being out there, it’s tough watching, it’s tough from all sides. We had stretches tonight where we played well but there was just too many times tonight giving up easy transition hoops and extra effort plays and it’s been kind of an inconsistent thing for us all year long and it’s just surprising because it was something we were on the right side of last year. We can’t worry about the past, we’ve just got to keep fighting, we’ve got to find a way to put together better stretches and more consistent stretches and play better ball.”
QUICK TRIP
The Warriors have alternated wins and losses over the last six games and they’ll look to start an extended run of victories on Sunday when they visit the Suns. Golden State swept last year’s four-game season series with the Suns and have won three straight overall in Phoenix. It will be a quick one-game road trip for the Warriors, who will play their next three games at home following Sunday's tilt with their division rival.
LAST TIME OUT
For every big bucket made by the Warriors the Rockets had an answer in Friday’s 116-112 loss at Oracle Arena. Marreese Speights fueled a fourth-quarter run with 12 of his 16 points in the period and David Lee (23 points, 10 rebounds), Harrison Barnes (20 points, 12 rebounds) and Andrew Bogut (10 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles, but the Warriors couldn’t fully rekindle their comeback magic after trailing by 11 points late in the third quarter. Stephen Curry tallied 20 points and nine assists on the night and the Warriors out-rebounded Houston 56-32, but the Rockets sunk 12 of their 29 3-point attempts to pick up their 18th win in their last 22 games against the Dubs. GAME RECAP
CURRY THE ALL-STAR?
The NBA recently released the first round of NBA All-Star voting returns, and Stephen Curry ranked third among guards. Only the top two vote getters earn automatic entries to the game as starting guards, and with his play as of late, Curry has definitely made himself worthy of your vote. Curry currently has a career-high streak of nine games with 20-plus points, averaging 29.3 points, 9.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds over that stretch. It goes without saying, but Curry’s production is critical to the team’s success. A recent NBA.com article indicated that Curry has the league’s biggest on-off-court differential in terms of offensive rating (team points per 100 possessions). With Curry on the floor, the Warriors have scored 2.5 more points per 100 possessions than the best offense in the league (Portland). With Curry on the bench, they’ve scored 7.2 fewer than the worst offense in the league (Milwaukee). DUB THE VOTE
PROTECTING THE PAINT
Andrew Bogut is one of the premier shot blockers in the NBA. He has posted at least one block in all but four games this season, and he certainly affects many other shots. In fact, opponents are shooting 43.5 percent at the rim against Bogut, which is the fourth lowest percentage among players who defend at least eight such shots per game. In addition to blocking and altering shots, Bogut is also gobbling up the boards. He has posted double-digit rebounds in 11 of his last 14 games, averaging 8.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 29.6 minutes. DUB THE VOTE
PHOENIX SCOUTING REPORT
The Suns have put together an impressive start to the season and are currently winners of four straight games. They lead the NBA in fast break scoring (20.0 points per game) and are seventh with an offensive rating of 107.8 (points per 100 possessions).They have an effective dual point guard system in Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, and both players are averaging more than 19 points and six assists this season. Slowing them down will be key for a Warriors team that will be playing its lone road contest in a six-game stretch.
Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Andre Iguodala (left hamstring strain), Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.

PHX: Emeka Okafor (herniated disc) is out. Alex Len (sore left ankle) is day-to-day.