Warriors 98 - Suns 80
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Curry Scorches Suns in Warriors' 50th Win of the Season

Dominant Defensive Effort and Curry's Big Second Half Buries Phoenix
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Stephen Curry went off in the second half and the Warriors picked up their 50th victory of the season with Monday’s 98-80 road win over the Phoenix Suns.

Playing the back end of a back-to-back, Curry stepped up in the third quarter after both teams combined to play a sloppy first half. Curry lit up the scoreboard with 10 points during an 18-3 run that put the Warriors in control of the game. Curry hit a pair of 3-pointers during the run, but he was just getting started.

With the Suns threatening a fourth quarter comeback, Curry erased any chance of the home team picking up a win when he caught fire once again from 3-point range. The All-Star guard and reigning Three-Point Contest champion went 4-for-5 from the perimeter in the fourth quarter and wound up with 25 of his 36 points in the second half.

Warriors vs. Suns

Stephen Curry scores 25 of his 36 points in the second half and the Warriors beat the Suns 98-80 on for their 50th victory of the season.

Warriors at Suns - 3/9/15

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Warriors vs. Suns

Stephen Curry scores 25 of his 36 points in the second half and the Warriors beat the Suns 98-80 on for their 50th victory of the season.
Mar 9, 2015  |  02:12

Curry Scores 36

Stephen Curry scores 36 points to lift the Warriors over the Suns.
Mar 9, 2015  |  00:16

Splash Brothers Combine for 61

Stephen Curry (36 points) and Klay Thompson (25 points) dominate Phoenix to lift the Warriors over the Suns 98-80.
Mar 9, 2015  |  00:46

Curry's Amazing Triple

Shaun Livingston flicks it behind his back to Stephen Curry who drills the amazing falling triple.
Mar 9, 2015  |  00:40

Curry finds Ezeli

Stephen Curry drops it off to Festus Ezeli for the one-hand jam plus the foul.
Mar 9, 2015  |  00:12

Iguodala Finishes Strong

Andre Iguodala finishes the fast break with the emphatic one-hand punch.
Mar 9, 2015  |  00:14

Klay Plus One

Klay Thompson puts the ball on the floor, attacks the basket and makes the bucket and-one.
Mar 9, 2015  |  00:21

Warriors on the Run

The Warriors force the turnover and Steph Curry finds Klay Thompson for the slam.
Mar 9, 2015  |  00:22

Ezeli Rejects Goodwin

Festus Ezeli slaps Archie Goodwin's shot out of bounds.
Mar 9, 2015  |  00:21

Curry complimented his big scoring night with six rebounds, five assists and four steals, and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson also had a strong showing with 25 points. The guard duo combined lived up to their rainmaking nickname, going a combined 11-for-21 from 3-point range.

Thompson wasn’t quite Curry-hot, but he started the game with eight of the team’s first 10 points. Thompson’s quick start had a lot to do with the Dubs leading by as many 11 in the first half, but the Warriors soon went cold and Phoenix rallied to tie it up at halftime 46-46. Two of the three highest scoring teams in the NBA failed to shoot better than 40 percent in the first half, but the Dubs soon got back on track.

Draymond Green broke the halftime tie with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and the Warriors never trailed for the remainder of the game. The 18-3 run was the difference in a 30-15 quarter in favor of the Dubs, who continued to pour it on in the fourth quarter.

With Curry lighting it up on one end, the Warriors continued to make life rough for the usually high-flying Suns. Golden State held Phoenix to 37.7 percent shooting, and in the process improved to 32-0 this season when holding the opposition to less than 100 points.

Now winners of four straight, the Warriors will head back home to host the Pistons on Wednesday night in search of win No. 51 this season.


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