A 38-17 third quarter surge propelled the Warriors to a 113-107 victory over the Suns at Oracle Arena on Sunday. Klay Thompson drained 9-of-15 shots including four from deep to total 22 points. David Lee led all scorers with 26 while pulling down nine boards. Stephen Curry loaded up 18 points and dished nine assists. Draymond Green scored 13 off the bench for the Warriors, who will be back in action on Tuesday when they host the Mavericks.
Mark Jackson
On their third quarter play tonight:
“We defended at a high level. If you think about the first quarter we gave up 29 points and in the second quarter 32 points-that’s a tough team that is extremely talented on the offensive end. The third quarter we limited them to 17 points. We got it done. We rebounded, executed offensively and took care of the basketball. The things that have always put us in position to win ball games. Just a total team effort and a big time win against a dangerous team that can score with the best of them.”
On trapping the pick-and-roll with Dragic in the third quarter:
“He’s a heck of a basketball player and you don’t want to give him a steady diet of anything. We made the adjustment and got the ball out of his hands which forced other guys to make plays. I think it wore him out a little bit and forced other guys to make plays. It was a difference maker because it took it out of the thing that they do best which is (Goran) Dragic isolation plays or (Goran) Dragic pick-and-rolls whether that be scoring or making plays for other guys on the floor.”
On Stephen Curry:
“He told me that he was feeling fine. The guys had a sense of urgency and they understood how big this game was and that we had an opportunity to take control of it. I thought Steph (Stephen Curry) did a great job of doing similar things that they did. Steph (Stephen Curry) came off high pick-and-rolls and he made plays for himself and put guys in position to score. He really took over the game in the third quarter. I was just trying to make sure, at some point, to get him a breather. I was conscious of how many minutes he had been playing and the demand on his body, not only offensively but defensively defending (Goran) Dragic.”
On if Stephen Curry talked him out of taking him out in the first quarter:
“Yeah, he was coming out. He looked at me and told me he was alright so I subbed Steve (Blake) in and kept Stephen (Curry) in as well. The second time I was determined to take him out because cooler heads had to prevail.”
On David Lee:
“He was in attack mode from the first or second play when he posted up Channing Fyre and made a move in the paint area. He put pressure on the defense, rebounded and had multiple effort plays defending the pick-and-roll. It’s awfully tough to try to contain (Goran) Dragic and get back to defend Channing Fyre on the perimeter, but David (Lee) but did a great job of doing that. He was all over the court with a big time energy and effort game.”
David Lee
On the importance of winning home games:
“Very important. This is very important for us to protect our home court. Our goal is to not lose any more home games for the rest of the season. I thought we had a sloppy first half. I thought they played harder than we did in the first half. We talked about it at halftime and we wanted to play our style of play, win or lose, and I thought we really did that in the third quarter. We had one of our best quarters of the year as a team and just really proud of our guys for getting another win.”
On playing with the lead and closing out games:
“They’re a streaky team. They can put a lot of points on the board quickly. We missed a few free throws there. That’s something that occasionally happens and that’s why you build the cushion that you do. We probably could have played a little bit better with the lead than we did but just happy that we were able to close it out and we were able to get stops when we needed to.”
On Stephen Curry's leadership:
“Steph has been a great leader for us all year long. He’s not only a great leader as far as how he plays on the court but also he’s one of the best teammates in the league. He’s been one of our leaders all year long and I would expect that from him.”
On the team stepping up in the second half:
“We really stepped up. We created some turnovers and got some easy baskets from that and just made them earn everything they got in the third and fourth quarter. It obviously helps when you get out on the offensive and Klay Thompson is shooting the ball the way he does, and Steph, and really got it going offensively.”
On Coach Jackson using a small lineup:
“That’s just the way the game goes. When they put Channing [Frye] at the five that’s a tough cover for me and Jermaine [O’Neal]. Draymond [Green] and David Lee did a great job out there for us defensively so you can definitely see why it happens. There’s going to be games where that’s going to happen and there’s going to be games where the opposite happens, but the most important thing is that at the end of the game you get the win.”
Stephen Curry
On the team's strong third quarter performance:
“When we came out in the third quarter we defended at a high level, took care of the basketball, and got good shots, and that’s when we’re at our best. We sustained it for 12 minutes and got that 14-point lead going into the fourth.”
Things will get started a little earlier than usual on Sunday when the Warriors host the Phoenix Suns. This season’s fourth and final matchup between the two teams will tip off at 6 p.m., and fans should also note that Sunday marks the start of daylight saving time. The home team has won the first three Warriors-Suns games this season, and the Dubs would be perfectly happy if that trend continues on Sunday. GET TICKETS
In their first game back at Oracle Arena after a six-game road trip, the Warriors defeated the Atlanta Hawks 111-97 on Friday night. The reserves stepped it up and contributed 51 points. Jermaine O'Neal had another productive night with 17 points and eight rebounds, and Draymond Green added eight points, four rebounds, and five assists. David Lee led the squad with 18 points and six rebounds, while Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala finished with 13 points apiece. The team tied their season-high with 66 points in the paint which helped them earn their 22nd double-digit victory of the season. GAME RECAP
When it comes to the Warriors and Suns, it’s impossible that each team’s starting point guard doesn’t come to mind. For Warriors fans, Stephen Curry needs no introduction. He was a first-time All-Star this year and is widely considered to be one of the best shooters in the history of the game. His presence on the perimeter opens up opportunities to drive to the basket and finish for himself or make plays for other teammates. Phoenix’s Goran Dragic is also very effective, however the way he impacts the game is totally opposite of Curry. Dragic is a slashing point guard and he is crafty enough around the basket to finish against bigger defenders. Always a threat to penetrate with his quick first step, Dragic’s driving ability frees up open looks on the perimeter. Success for each team starts with their point guard, and their matchup on Sunday certainly bears watching.
For a guy who averages less than 10 points a game, Andre Iguodala sure knows how to have a positive impact on his team. Iguodala does a little bit of everything – he can score, rebound, he’s second on the team in assists and he’s also one of the premier wing defenders in the entire NBA. While he’s not a statistical standout in any one particular area of play, there is one number that catches the eye if you know to look for it … +9.1. The Warriors out-score their opponents by 9.1 points per game while Iguodala is on the floor. That’s the highest differential in the league, more than a full point over number two in that category (Chris Paul, LAC, +7.7). Iguodala’s impact doesn’t always show up in flashy ways, but it’s pretty much always there.
The Suns will head into Sunday’s showdown as winners of three of their last four games. Most recently, they posted an impressive win over the Thunder in which Gerald Green dropped 41 points. While Green is certainly talented, the Warriors should be most concerned with Goran Dragic. He recently had a 40-point game himself and many think that he should have been an All-Star this year. Containing Dragic will be important for the Warriors, and it will also be critical to challenge all Phoenix 3-point attempts. The Suns like to hoist the 3-ball and they connect at 37 percent. In addition, Phoenix is more a one-on-one team as opposed to an offense that makes a point to pass seven times before putting up a shot. The Suns have the lowest percentage of assisted baskets in the NBA, so the Warriors should be able to afford helping out on defense without getting burned too much. The Dubs have won each of their last five home games against the Suns, and considering they are just two games ahead of Phoenix in the standings, another win on Sunday could pay huge dividends in the race to the playoffs.
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Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain/right foot inflammation) are out.

PHX: Miles Plumlee (right knee sprain) is a game-time decision. Emeka Okafor (herniated disc), Eric Bledsoe (right knee arthroscopy) and Leandro Barbosa (left hand fracture) are out.