Coming off one of this seasons signature victories, the Warriors will be back in action on Monday when they host Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns , and fans have two ways to save on tickets for this contest. Save as much as 50 percent on tickets or take advantage of a MMA Night ticket package that starts at just $20 and includes a pregame autograph signing with world champion MMA fighters and an exclusive T-shirt designed and produced by Dethrone Royalty. The second of four games this season between the Pacific Division rivals will tip off at 7:30 p.m. and fans unable to attend the game will be able to follow the action live on CSN Bay Area (HD) and KNBR 680.
The Warriors have won three-straight games, and their most recent may have been the most impressive. Saturdays 101-90 victory over the Bulls showcased one of the teams best defensive performances of the season, as MVP candidate Derrick Rose had a career-high nine turnovers, which was two more than the entire Warriors team had on Saturday night. In addition to containing one of the top players in the league, the Warriors also held their opponent to less than 100 points for the third-straight game. Offensively, Monta Ellis led the way with 33 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter. Golden State opened the final period with a 16-2 run, which helped put away a game in which the Warriors had trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half.
Golden State will look to keep that momentum rolling on Monday, and it will start with Ellis. Hes scored at least 30 points on 13 occasions this year, but he proved on Saturday that he could get it done defensively as well. Ellis quickness and aggressiveness certainly factored in to Roses subpar performance, and he came away with four steals on the night. Ellis is playing at a high level, and even though he wasnt named to the All-Star Team, he is perhaps the one Warrior most responsible for the team winning 10 of its last 14 home games.
The Warriors and Suns have combined for some thrilling match-ups in recent seasons, and Phoenix point guard Steve Nash has been there for pretty much all of them. Like Ellis, the Suns lean on Nash for their success. The veteran guard leads the team in scoring (16.7 ppg) and assists (11.0 apg), and hes guided Phoenix to wins in three of their last four games. The Suns won their first match-up with the Warriors in December, but the team has gone under a bit of a transformation since then with the acquisition of Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus from Orlando. Phoenix is one of the teams the Warriors will have to pass in the standings should they make a run at the playoffs, making this an important game for both teams.
Following Mondays game against the Suns, the Warriors will wrap up their longest homestand of the season with a Hardwood Classics Night contest against the Nuggets on Wednesday in a game that will feature a Ticket and a T-shirt offer. From there, the Warriors play a road game in Phoenix on Thursday before coming back home for games against the Thunder (Feb. 13) and the Hornets (Feb. 15).
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